Fans of the musical phenomenon Wicked will be very familiar with the name Willemijn Verkaik. The singer – who is originally from The Netherlands – is currently playing Elphaba as part of the 10 year anniversary cast of Wicked in the West End and has played the role in four countries. After making her Broadway debut in 2013, Verkaik is the only actress to have performed the role in three languages.
The acclaimed performer will invite co-stars Savannah Stevenson and Suzie Mathers to perform with her for a solo show at the Cambridge Theatre later this month.
Willemijn took some time out of her hectic schedule to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve got less then two weeks left playing the role of Elphaba in Wicked in London. It’s sad and exciting at the same time, but I’m also ready to move on.
And I’m busy preparing for my solo concert on 31st July at the Cambridge Theatre!
What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?
Having the guts to make mistakes.
What is your favourite Book?
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
What are you currently watching on TV?
To relax after a show I like watching The Big Bang Theory
Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?
A restaurant, because I hardly ever see my friends, so this gives me the chance to catch up with them.
What’s your favourite sweet?
Dutch liquorice, it’s the best. I can’t stop eating it.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
A famous pop singer 🙂
What is your proudest achievement to date?
Playing Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in the West End
My solo concert at the Cambridge Theatre. It’s going to be so exciting, I’ve got amazing special guests and an utterly fantastic band. There’ll be all kinds of different songs. Come along!