FROZEN Meets WICKED! West End Elphaba Willemijn Verkaik Astonishes With 'Let It Go' Snow Extravaganza
While the worlds of Disney's hit animated movie musical blockbuster FROZEN and that of international stage staple WICKED both share the noted presence of iconic female heroines with memorable showstopping songs, for the first time in forever the two are now inextricably linked byway of a spectacular new live performance of "Let It Go" recently given by West End Elphaba Willemijn Verkaik.
Verkaik took to the stage of the annual What's On Stage Awards to perform the FROZEN standout last week and a video of the performance is now available to view.
Of note, FROZEN took home Best Animated Feature as well as Best Song for the Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez-penned "Let It Go" last night, where Tony Award winner Idina Menzel also recreated the song live on the telecast.
The official synopsis of WICKED is as follows: "If you think you know the Wicked Witch of the West, think again... When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire's acclaimed 1995 novel, 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West', re-imagined the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' in 1900. Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. The spectacular, multi award-winning stage musical, with music and lyrics by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, has become "the biggest thing in musicals since The Phantom of the Opera opened" (The Times).
WICKED plays at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London's West End and is also currently on tour in the UK and Ireland.
More information on WICKED in the West End and on tour in the UK and Ireland is available at the official site here.
View the new performance clip of FROZEN's "Let It Go" by WICKED's Willemijn Verkaik below.
As a special bonus, view the "Let It Go" sequence as sung by Verkaik in the Dutch edition of FROZEN.
From This Author Pat Cerasaro