Tag Archives: Willemijn Verkaik

Willemijn Verkaik to Join West End’s WICKED

Willemijn Verkaik (former Elphaba – Broadway, Scheveningen, Oberhausen, Stuttgart) will join the cast of the West End company of WICKED as Elphaba on November 18, replacing Louise Dearman. Ms. Verkaik originated the role of Elphaba in the German and Dutch productions … Continue reading

Cast Update: Broadway, 2nd National Tour

Broadway Lindsay Mendez has replaced Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba. Derek Klena has replaced Kyle Dean Massey as Fiyero. Michael DeVries has returned to the company as the Witch’s Father and understudy for The Wizard and Dr. Dillamond, replacing Sean McCourt. 2nd National Tour Ryan … Continue reading

Ashford, Block, Butz, Karl & Verkaik Nominated for Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards

Annaleigh Ashford (former Glinda – Chicago, Broadway; former ensemble, u/s Glinda – 1st Ntl. Tour), Stephanie J. Block (former Elphaba – Broadway, 1st Ntl. Tour; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Pre-Broadway), Norbert Leo Butz (original Fiyero – Broadway, Pre-Broadway), Andy Karl … Continue reading

Lindsay Mendez To Join Broadway Production as Elphaba 5/28

Lindsay Mendez will join the Broadway production of WICKED as Elphaba on May 28. She will replace Willemijn Verkaik who departs on May 26. Among Ms. Mendez’s credits are the 2011 Broadway revival of GODSPELL (composed by Stephen Schwartz), the 2007 … Continue reading

Nessa’s Niblets: March 1, 2013

Willemijn Verkaik (current Elphaba – Broadway,  Elphaba – Holland, Oberhausen, Stuttgart) has performed Elphaba in three languages, Dutch, German, and English, as of February 12, 2013. Louise Dearman (current Elphaba – West End; former Glinda – West End) is the only woman to … Continue reading

Cast Update: Broadway, 1st National Tour, West End, 2nd National Tour

Broadway Willemijn Verkaik has replaced Jackie Burns as Elphaba. James Brown III has replaced Jonathan McGill in the ensemble. 1st National Tour Laurel Harris has replaced Carla Stickler as the standby for Elphaba. As previously announced, Courtney Iventosch will be … Continue reading

Willemijn Verkaik to Portray Elphaba on Broadway

Actress Willemijn Verkaik (former Elphaba – Holland, Oberhausen, Stuttgart) will be taking over the role of Elphaba on Broadway on February 12, 2012. She takes over from actress Jackie Burns (Elphaba – Broadway; former Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour), who will have portrayed the … Continue reading

Nessa’s Niblets: June 19, 2012

Patrice Tipoki (Elphaba – Sydney; former s/b Elphaba – Sydney; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Melbourne) and Renee Armstrong (former ensemble – Melbourne, Sydney) performed together in the pop group “Girlband.” Kerry Ellis (former Elphaba – West End, Broadway; former … Continue reading

Nessa’s Niblets: December 21, 2011

Apologies for the delay. Idina Menzel (original Elphaba – Pre-Broadway, Broadway, West End), Lisa Brescia (former Elphaba – Chicago; former s/b Elphaba – Broadway), Mandy Gonzalez (former Elphaba – Broadway), and Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba – Holland; former Elphaba – Stuttgart, … Continue reading

Video Footage: Willemijn Verkaik performs “Defying Gravity” in Dutch

Check out this video of Willemijn Verkaik (former Elphaba – Oberhausen, Stuttgart) performing “Ik lach om zwaartekracht”, which is “Defying Gravity” in Dutch. Credit goes to the Dutch Theatre company for the video, which is embedded below for your convenience.