By Mark Shenton
03 Jun 2013
She will replace Louise Dearman, who is currently playing the role through Nov. 16.
Verkaik made her debut as Elphaba in the German language production of Wicked in Nov. 2007 in Stuttgart and subsequently in Oberhausen. She reprised the role in the Dutch language premiere production, opening at the AFAS Circustheater in Nov. 2011 and made her Broadway debut at the Gershwin Theatre Feb 12, 2013.
In a press statement, she has commented, "It has been my great honor to have played Elphaba in Wicked in Germany, Holland and on Broadway, and to have been part of this musical's incredible international success. I am overjoyed, and sincerely grateful, that the producers have now invited me to make my West End debut playing this extraordinary role in the musical that has literally changed my life."
Michael McCabe, UK Executive Producer adds, "Since its Broadway debut 10 years ago, Wicked has become a truly global phenomenon and nobody personifies the show’s international appeal more than Willemijn, who has performed the role of Elphaba in three languages in three different countries. We are thrilled that London audiences will now get the opportunity to experience Willemijn’s incredible performance, for which she has been so justly acclaimed."
To book tickets, which are on sale through April 26, 2014, contact the box office on 0844 826 8000, or visit WickedTheMusical.co.uk.