Friday, 17 July 2015

Willemijn Verkaik to star in Disney's Tarzan

It has been announced that West End Frame Award winner Willemijn Verkaik is taking over as Kala in Disney's musical adaptation of Tarzan in Germany

Currently booking until January 2016, the production runs at the Stage Apollo Theatre in Stuttgart. Verkaik joins the company at the end of August.

Speaking to, Verkaik explained that as well as being vocally and theatrically challenging, the role is physically challenging as, like all the monkeys do, she will be flying over the audience. Verkaik also said she is "delighted to be back in Stuttgart on stage" and excited to "show a whole new side of me with this role".

Last year Verkaik won West End Frame’s Best West End Debut Award for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked (Apollo Victoria). The Dutch star first played the role in Germany in 2007. She then starred as Elphaba in Holland before joining the Broadway company, making her the only actress to have played the iconic character in three different languages. Following a successful stint in New York, Verkaik joined the London production to tremendous acclaim. 

Verkaik  is the voice of Elsa in the German and Dutch language versions of Disney's Frozen which is the highest grossing animated movie of all time. She recently played Paulina in the West End premiere of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre).

Her theatre credits also include: Donna in Mamma Mia (Stuttgart, Germany), Songs For A New World (Stuttgart, Germany), Amneris in Aida (Tecklenburg, Germany) and Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (Cologne, Germany).

Photo Credit: Darren Bell

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