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Willemijn Verkaik returns to Wicked as Elphaba

ON MONDAY, January 30, 2017, Willemijn Verkaik and Sue Kelvin return to the cast of Wicked to play Elphaba and Madame Morrible respectively. Also joining the cast at the same time will be Sarah McNicholas as Nessarose.

Willemijn Verkaik has previously played Elphaba on Broadway, in both Stuttgart and Oberhausen in Germany (and she can be heard on the Original German Cast Recording), at the Circustheater in Holland and in the West End. She is the only actor in the show’s history to perform the role in more than one language. She returns to the Apollo Victoria Theatre as part of the production’s ongoing 10th anniversary celebrations.

Verkaik recently starred as Kala in Disney’s Tarzan at the Apollo Theater in Stuttgart, Germany and provided the singing voice of Elsa in the Dutch and German language versions of Disney’s Academy Award-winning film Frozen. Her many other starring roles include Donna in Mamma Mia! in Germany; Paulina in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in London; Amneris in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida in Germany and the title role in the musical Elisabeth in Switzerland.

Verkaik has also made multiple acclaimed concert appearances across The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, North America and in the UK.

Sue Kelvin is currently starring in her acclaimed one-woman show Bette Midler… and Me. Her other most recent London theatre appearances include Rita in Barmitzvah Boy and Louise in Private Lives.

Sarah McNicholas recently played Peron’s Mistress in Evita (Dominion Theatre/UK and European Tours) and Sue Snell in the musical Carrie (Southwark Playhouse).

Verkaik, Kelvin and McNicholas will be joining Suzie Mathers (as Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Mark Curry (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Idriss Kargbo (Boq), Alice Fearn (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).

Wicked is currently booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre until November 4, 2017.

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Image: Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba. Photo by Matt Crocket.