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Dena Bonner
Dear Sir:

I write this message to you not just as a fan but, rather as a very grateful mum.

You see I have an 11yr old, special needs child. If you were ever to meet him you would not know he has any problems at all. He's considered high-functioning yet has what's called a 'neuro processing disorder'. I believe it is more formally called, a “Sensory Processing Disorder” by medical experts. This basically means that his understanding of things does not equate to basic logic. His brain doesn't always process things the same way as others and he's sometimes prone to 'sensory overload' if, there's too many things going on in his immediate environment.

So imagine if you will for a moment my surprise when one day I caught sight of my son stopped dead in his tracks. He stood perfectly still in the middle of our flat to listen to you sing. One day I got my hands on a combined rental copy of "Le Mis' "10th and 35th Anniversary celebration shows. He heard you sing, “God on High” and was immediately mesmerized. I don't think I have ever seen him that captivated by anyone or anything -- ever.

He was so in awe of your performance that he sat down to write a 6-page letter to Cameron Mackintosh telling him how he felt and how much your song meant to him. My son went on to state the impact and meaning that the song had for him. From what I remember he also asked all sorts of questions in his letter to Mr. Mackintosh. For several days afterwards he was very introspective....briefly talking to me about a myriad of topics on very deep levels. Sadly, it didn't last long. Once certain thoughts became too much for him to handle he, shut down, again. Still in all it was nice to have a child I could converse with on that level even if, only for a brief period of time. SMILE.

One thing my son doesn't know is that I remember when Le Mis first came out. It was many, many years before he was born. The reviews were bad, the shows continuance was bleak; and at worst the critics skewered the shows premise. I'm sure both Mr. Mackintosh along with cast and crew felt dreadful. Nonetheless I am so glad all of you soldiered on and continued in your numerous performances. Good show....really good show, indeed.

What I would like to say to you in closing is never stop singing Le Mis' songs. If that one song had the power to ignite conversation and spark debate then you should know it comes as no surprise the transformative and healing power of music.

May you forever continue to prosper in your work. Many, many “Thanks”, indeed. I wish I could give you a handshake in person. As that is not possible allow me to do the same via this letter. I wish you well in your current work.

Sincerely,

Dena J. Bonner,
A very grateful US mum
26 July 2017 07:06pm
Linden Frank |
One more day...One day more...wow...what a way to start every day...and you led the charge...that a Stars are the best from Les Mis.
28 June 2017 05:14pm
Ashley LeBus |
My boyfriend and I are extremely lucky to have in our possession the very mask you wore during the Canadian Tour of Phantom of the Opera, signed by Rebecca Caine herself. My mother has always been such a big fan of Phantom that she turned my sister and I onto it at a young age, so owning this piece of true theatrical history is something remarkable and treasured to us. Perhaps one day, if you ever make it over to Vancouver Island, we will one day obtain a matching autograph for it!!
23 June 2017 02:53pm
Deb Owen
And…

I don’t expect this to really get to you.

I don’t expect you to know your version of U2’s MLK made me cry.

I don’t expect a response.

I just hope this gets to you so you hear from us…the people who have been touched, moved, and changed by your voice.

We adore and love and appreciate you
Deb

13 June 2017 09:04am
Joanna |
Dear Mr Wilkinson,

I just wanted to wish you all the best for your Birthday. May you always be healthy, may your life be filled with joy and happiness, and may all your wishes come true. Happy Birthday!

Best Regards,
Joanna
5 June 2017 10:39pm
Lory Alba |
Hi, Colm!

I am listening to the 10th Anniversary of Les Miserables as I type this (hehe!) and I just want to say how deeply moved I am by your portrayal as Jean Valjean. Then I discovered you were the Bishop of Digne in the movie, without knowing then it was you, I already felt a deep connection with the character. Thank you for sharing to the world your talent, Mr. Wilkinson. I will forever be a fan. Please take care!

Lory
18 April 2017 06:57pm
Adam Carreras |
Dear Mr. Wilkinson,

You are a f-ing legend!

Heroes get remembered, but legends never die!

I'm watching 10th anniversary special right now, there is no other, you are Jean Valjean, a f-ing legend! CONGRATS
11 April 2017 10:30pm
C.Rozon | |
Dear Mr. Wilkinson
You are my favorite ''voice' in this world. I can listen to you over and over; and in stressful times, make me forget of everything around. Thanks so much for this gift you share with us, and I hope one day, to see you in concert.
28 March 2017 08:06pm
Mike Maughan
Dear Mr. Wilkinson,

In 1985 when I was 8 years old I had the opportunity with my family to see you perform as Jean Valjean at the Royal Albert Hall in London. We had no idea how much the performance, especially yours, would affect us.

The song "Bring Him Home" has been a family favorite. How you perform it reverberates a genuine and sincere belief that we can pray for others and live with God and our loved ones someday. And it touched our hearts.

Thank you for your wonderful gift - and I look forward to your new tour dates (please, please come to the USA).
18 March 2017 11:40pm
Adrienne A |
When I was 15, my parents went to Toronto to see you perform in Phantom. They brought the soundtrack back for me and my sister and we listened to it nonstop and memorized all the words. To this day I can recite starting with "Lot 666 then, a chandelier in pieces...".

I had to see you in person. When I was 16, my parents gave me a wonderful gift - a trip to Toronto to see Phantom. We lucked out and ended up with front row tickets thanks to the hotel package we booked. I don't think any theater experience in my life will be as special as that night. There is no other Phantom in my mind. You communicated the complexity and depth of the character with your voice, just as you did with Jean Valjean, and no one else will ever quite compare.

And it was so exciting to see you in the Les Miserables movie, outshining the rest of the cast just a bit.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful voice with the world.
25 February 2017 05:38pm
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