Despite knowing the role inside and out, there have been some things she still had to get used to. The Broadway set has a new flight of stairs and the fervent fans of all things Oz are special.
‘‘Everyone here knows the story of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ so well. In Holland and Germany that’s a story that people maybe know but it’s not that every child in every school gets it read to them,’’ she says. ‘‘That’s the biggest difference.’’
She heads back to Holland in May without a job lined up but with the hope of finishing her second dream: A debut solo pop album, which will likely be in English.
She credits ‘‘Wicked’’ with teaching her to believe in her heart.
‘‘It told me to trust it,’’ she says, smiling.
Verkaik’s site: http://willemijnverkaik.nl
Verkaik singing in three languages: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b08qLLa7bk
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