The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread
Posted 04 June 2013 - 12:22 PM
I am, however, still trying to work out why she was announced so far in advance. As some previous posters have noted, she isn't as well known in the UK so surely this announcement was not with the hope that it would sell tickets for November/December very quickly? I know some fans will surely be holding back to hear who will be cast as Glinda and Fiyero, so surely they aren't solely depending in Willemijn to sell?
Posted 04 June 2013 - 12:45 PM
Posted 04 June 2013 - 01:26 PM
Posted 04 June 2013 - 01:38 PM
Amazing how UK actors complain so much when actor/actresses outside of the country are brought in, but don't mind when UK actors get cast in foreign productions (Carvel in Matilda, Earl Carpenter for Les Mis Toronto, Mark Evans on Mormon tour etc), and many European tours (Cats, We Will Rock You, Les Mis) having a predominantly UK-based cast too.
Equity is there to ensure that all casting decisions are fair, and have obviously deemed her casting satisfactory and legitimate.
Posted 04 June 2013 - 01:43 PM
2004: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
2008: Mamma Mia
2009: Sound Of Music, Les Miserables, The Woman In Black
2012: Wicked, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Ghost, Wizard Of Oz, Phantom Of The Opera (UK Tour), Matilda, Sweeney Todd, Taboo (Brixton), Wicked, Wicked
2013: Lift (Soho), The Book Of Mormon, Avenue Q (Off-Broadway), Newsies (Broadway), Wicked (Broadway), Pippin (Broadway), The Lion King.
2013: A Chorus Line, Wicked, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked, We Will Rock You (UK Tour), Wicked (UK Tour), Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Wicked, Les Miserables, Wicked
Posted 04 June 2013 - 03:03 PM
Could be. On the other hand, in real world decision making, human beings don't often find, pick, or even look for, the optimal solution. They often avoid decisions, new directions and risk, and plump for the known, adequate and tried. Wicked has a problem in that they did have a flash of brilliance spotting their future Elphaba/Glinda/Elphaba at Jestend. I think they found a solution that was far better than anything they had had before - dangerously near to perfection. Most people would at least agree it was a good solution. They now have to follow that, having avoided the decision for a year by the brilliant move of bringing in Louise as Elphaba. Their choice is essentially to bring in someone similar who might do as well, or even better, or might just lose in the comparison - or to try something new - like a younger pairing that might risk sounding a bit different, but fit the roles even better. They may have gone for something else thats exceptional in some other way - which I doubt given the number of impressive recent UK Scaramouche's who can sing , act and do comedy well - or they may just have had a brain feeeze, been unable to work out the risks, and picked someone they knew had done it .
I would be more confident if the record of, importing stars, was that good. For every Sierra or Geronimo being magnificent, there seem to be quite a few US Roxie's who couldn't act, sing or dance the role well, unconvincing Javerts and recent overseas Phantoms. You have US producers making brilliant choices for the UK market like Sheridan Smith, and others making bizarre decisions to cast Viva - when they are good they are great, but they also get it totally wrong. Casting is clearly not always successful or based on ability when people can cast a Marius and a Cosette who couldn't sing the parts. I just get the impression that sometimes people working globally just cast people they have experience of working with, and assume that a UK audience will be impressed to see someone from overseas. It often doesn't translate, and we often get people who can't act or communicate to a UK audience, or the result doesn't match the reputation. Perhaps they have got it right this time , but its looking like a wider trend, and one where I am finding more reason not to buy WE tickets than to buy them.
Posted 04 June 2013 - 04:52 PM
Posted 04 June 2013 - 05:20 PM
I get the feeling Nikki's got Tour Elphie. Shame, 'cause I actually liked her Maureen more than her Elphie (even though I liked her in that role too).
Seen (concerts, etc): Willemijn Verkaik "As I Am" solo concert at the AFAS Circustheater (2012), West End Eurovision 2013, Rachel Tucker at the St James Theatre studio, Scott Alan at the O2, Andrew Lippa at the St James Theatre
Posted 04 June 2013 - 07:07 PM
Sometimes casting isn't always going to be to perfect; we simply have to trust those who select the actors/actresses to know exactly who is right for the role. But, as human's do and is a result of taking risks, mistakes are made and usually learnt from. All in all, it is impossible to make everyone happy with casting. If, say, Caissie Levy or Stephanie J. Block were brought over from Broadway, I'm sure there would still be the same argument. Willemijn is capable of doing the role justice but she simply may not be to everyone's taste.
Posted 04 June 2013 - 07:47 PM
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