14 September 2016
WILLEMIJN VERKAIK TO RETURN TO WICKED AS ‘ELPHABA’ FROM 30 JANUARY 2017
WICKED, the award-winning West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to welcome back Willemijn Verkaik as ‘Elphaba’ and Sue Kelvin as ‘Madame Morrible’ from Monday 30 January 2017. Sarah McNicholas will also join the cast as ‘Nessarose’ on the same date.
Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba) 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. Willemijn 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. She has also made multiple acclaimed concert appearances across The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, North America and in the UK.
Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) 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 (Nessarose) recently played ‘Peron’s Mistress’ in Evita (Dominion Theatre, also UK & European Tours) and ‘Sue Snell’ in the musical Carrie (Southwark Playhouse).
From Monday 30 January 2017, Wicked will star Willemijn Verkaik, (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose), Idriss Kargbo (Boq), Alice Fearn (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).
Acclaimed as “a wicked and wonderful vision of Oz” (London Evening Standard) and “pure magic” (Time Out London), the multi award-winning London production of Wicked will celebrate 10 years at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on Tuesday 27 September 2016 and is already the 8th longest-running show currently playing in West End. Around the world, Wicked has now been seen by 50 million people in 14 countries, and won over 100 major awards.
Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy® and Academy® Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell; Disney’s Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony® Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Joe Mantello.
Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.
Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
For tickets and further information visit: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk