June 16, 1975 |
Son en Breugel, Netherlands
Verkaik was born in Son en Breugel, Netherlands, but grew up in Nuenen near Eindhoven. She graduated from the Rotterdam Conservatory. She also studied briefly at the Guildford School of Acting. She is a certified vocal teacher.
In 2004, Verkaik played the singing voice of Erica in the Dutch version of the animated movie Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper. In 2008, she recorded the Dutch voice of Lydia in Barbie & the Diamond Castle.
Since then, her various musical theatre credits have included Elisabeth (in Holland and Thun, Switzerland), The Three Musketeers, We Will Rock You and most notably Wicked, in which she was chosen as the "Wicked Personality of the Year", among all the actresses who played the role in November 2010, in an online poll with over 16,000 voters. She is the only actress to have played the role in more than one language: as of December 2013, Verkaik has appeared in the Dutch, German, Broadway and London West End productions.
Verkaik originated the role of Elphaba in the original German-language production of Wicked, which began performances in Stuttgart on November 1, 2007, prior to a November 15 opening night. Sabrina Weckerlin was her original alternate, appearing in the two shows a week which Verkaik was not contracted to perform. She can be heard on the original German cast album.
Verkaik played the role of Donna in the Stuttgart production of Mamma Mia! for a limited run starting 26 July 2013, before playing the role of Elphaba again. Beginning on 18 November 2013, she made her West End debut in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London. Due to health reasons, Verkaik had to depart early from the West End production of Wicked on 19 July 2014.
She can be heard on Wicked's German-language cast recording, as well as Scott Alan's album What I Wanna Be When I Grow Up and on the Scott Alan album LIVE, which was recorded at the Birdland jazz club in New York City on April 30, 2012. The CD was released on June 26 of 2012. She also provides the Dutch speaking and singing voice and German singing voice of Elsa the Snow Queen in Disney's 2013 CGI movie (German speaking voice provided by Dina Kurten) Frozen.
It was announced on 24th October 2014 that Verkaik would be joining the cast of the musical, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown alongside Tasmin Greig, Ricardo Afonso, Hadyn Gwynne, Jérôme Pradon and Anna Skellern, in the role of Paulina. The show's previews start on 16th December 2014 with an opening night on 12th January 2015. The show will run until 9th May 2015. This will be Willemijn's first role after her surgery in 2014.
She is married to musician Bart van Hoof.
|Jeans 11||Netherlands||Soliste||2001 - 2002|
|We Will Rock You||Germany||Killer Queen u/s||2004 - 2005|
|We Will Rock You||Germany||Killer Queen||2006|
|Wicked||Stuttgart||Elphaba||2007 - 2010|
|Wicked||Oberhausen||Elphaba||2010 - 2011|
|Wicked||Scheveningen||Elphaba||2011 - 2013|
|Wicked||Broadway, New York||Elphaba||2013|
|Wicked||West End, London||Elphaba||2013 - 2014|
|Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown||West End, London||Paulina||2014 - 2015|
- "Willemijn Verkaik maakt debuut in New York", Musical Reports, 2 August 2011 (Dutch)
- "Willemijn Verkaik and Mark Seibert", Zibb[dead link]
- "Diva Talk: A Chat with Dutch Actress Willemijn Verkaik, Star of Broadway's Wicked", Playbill
- "Willemijn: alweer Nederlandse Elisabeth", Musical Site[dead link]
- http://broadwayiswicked.com/2010/11/11/willemijn-verkaik-favourite-elphaba/[dead link]
- "Dutch obtains in leading German musical", Nieuws[dead link]
- "Verkaik and Schere to Star in Germany's Wicked", Playbill
- "Willemijn Verkaik ist die grüne Hexe von 'Ozerhausen'", staff writer, City News, 5 December 2009 (German)
- "Photo Coverage: The Songs of Scott Alan at Barnes & Noble"
- "Bart Van Hoof And Wife Willemijn Verkaik Pose at the Stagedoor" – GettyImages