Willemijn Verkaik Live in Concert at the Cambridge Theatre, London.
Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩
Following her last performance as Elphaba in Wicked last week, musical theatre luminary Willemijn Verkaik ditched the green paint for her own one-night-only concert at London’s Cambridge Theatre.
In a follow up to her critically-acclaimed 2015 sold-out solo concert at the Ambassadors Theatre, Verkaik performed a celebration of the songs that have defined her career to date, also showcasing some never before performed material alongside fellow leading lights of musical theatre.
Originally from the Netherlands, Verkaik rose to fame as the voice of Elsa in the German and Dutch versions of Disney blockbuster Frozen. She has since built up an impressive, worldwide fanbase which gave this concert quite an incredible atmosphere.
The concert began with a Frozen medley, which featured Stagebox Kids living the dream and belting ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman’ while dressed as Elsa and Anna.
After a much-anticipated wait, Verkaik then took centrestage. There, she documented her experiences as a West End artist in between showcasing her impressive vocals in varying styles – from her favourite musical theatre scores to a George Michael tribute.
Sat in the upper circle, I gained little more hearing this performance live than if I had listened to it on CD. There wasn’t a great deal of engagement with the audience (although those sat in the stalls and dress circle may have disagreed).
The saving grace of the concert was Verkaik’s special guests. Savannah Stevenson and Suzie Mathers – who both played Glinda alongside Verkaik in Wicked – joined the stage for an epic reunion. The trio sang an assortment of Wicked songs a cappella and delivered a spine-chillingly mesmerising performance.
Overall, Willemijn Verkaik Live in Concert was a modest success. With no character to embody, any performer is left vulnerable without a script in hand. Verkaik, however, proves to be a likeable personality and performer, and handled the few technical blips with ease.