Drawing: Rebel Wilson in Guys And Dolls

Rebel Wilson

‘There’s a new Doll in town’ proclaims all the billboards around London, announcing Australian Hollywood star Rebel Wilson’s West End debut in the 1950’S Broadway musical GUYS AND DOLLS at the Phoenix Theatre. The 36 year old  bubbly blonde, ‘Sydney-born sensation’ (as the Telegraph’s critic Dominic Cavendish called her) plays the show’s interminably engaged New York night-club singer Miss Adelaide for an eight-week engagement.

She received a standing ovation on her opening night, tweeting to her 3.3 million followers afterwards, thanking the audience and saying how honoured she was and saying “sooo… one down, 63 performances to go.”

On Saturday night I positioned myself at the stage door barriers among the hoards where she signed my sketch.

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Drawing: Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

The Chichester Festival revival of the classic gambling musical GUYS AND DOLLS arrived in the West End via Manchester and Birmingham to the Savoy Theatre last December before it continues its journey uptown to the Phoenix. Along the way the Gordon Greenberg directed production has gathered great reviews and sell out crowds. The Guardian bylined its review with “outstanding leads (Sophie Thompson, Jamie Parker, David Haig and Siubhan Harrison) and fizzing choreography from Carlos Acosta.”

The production has been nominated for six Olivier Awards, including choreography and nods for Sophie, Jamie and David, who are not transferring to the Phoenix when it starts again on 19 March. I sent this sketch to the Savoy earlier in the run but for some reason it came back ‘return to sender’ ( I know, I feel a tune coming on… wrong musical) and unopened. So I did it the old fashioned way, in person at the stage door yesterday as the central quartet headed in for the matinee and they were all more than happy to graph it.