Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Willemijn Verkaik announces special guests for London concert

Special guests have been announced for Willemijn Verkaik's one-off solo concert at the West End's Ambassadors Theatre on Tuesday 25th August 2015. Verkaik will be joined by Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and James Fox.

Hamilton-Barritt is well known for her many stage roles including Daniela in the London Premiere of In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse, Diana in the Broadway revival production of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy at Leicester Curve, Alex in Flashdance at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Rizzo in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Fox’s many theatre credits include Judas in the UK Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Piano Man in Movin’ Out on Broadway and in the West End, The American in the UK, European and Canadian tour of Chess andPaul McCartney in Let it Be on Broadway and in the West End. James first came to prominence on the BBC’s Fame Academy, going on to represent the UK at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest and performing to a television audience of over 300 million. Signing to Sony Music that year, his debut single ‘Hold on to Our Love’ reached number 13 in the UK singles chart. His follow-up album included a collaboration with Sir Tim Rice for 2012’s official Poppy Appeal single, ‘Landlocked’.

Verkaik will also take her show to New York for two performances only, playing at 54 Below on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th August 2015. She will be joined in New York by special guest Stephen Schwartz, as well a fellow Wicked alumni who will be revealed on the night.

Accompanied by a live band and joined by some to-be-announced special guests, Verkaik will take a journey through some of the greatest classic and contemporary musicals of all time, as well as celebrating some of the iconic songs that have defined her career so far.

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). It was recently announced that Verkaik will take over as Kala in Disney's musical adaptation of Tarzan in Germany at the end of August.

Read our interviews with Willemijn Verkaik & Victoria Hamilton-Barritt

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