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Lindsay White
Dear Mr. Wilkinson,

When I was eleven my best friend's family took me along on a summer trip to Toronto. We saw The Phantom of the Opera performed at the Pantages Theater. I was completely dazzled by the production, sure that I had never experienced anything more beautiful and romantic. Afterwards in the gift shop my friend bought a t-shirt as a souvenir, and I bought a copy of the Original Canadian cast's recording of Phantom (by then you were no longer performing at the Pantages). And I listened to it the entire train ride home to Michigan. And all the rest of the summer. And on the bus every morning when school began again. I loved the show and the heartbreaking tragedy of the story, but mostly, I loved your voice on that album. I remember making my mother listen to "I Gave you my Music" and saying to her "Do you hear what I mean? His voice is like a violin." and her smiling indulgently and I'm sure quietly hoping I would stop playing the album constantly.

Of course I grew up and I found other music and other things to enjoy. I decided that I wanted to be a writer and I discovered amazing authors that spoke to and delighted me. But throughout High School when I was lonely (because aren't we all lonely as teenagers?) I listened to that album. When I went away to college and I was overwhelmed and sure I couldn't balance my schoolwork and would die of homesickness, I would listen to that album. After college when I moved to Chicago and was absolutely penniless and serving coffee for a living, I listened to that album. Even now, married and all grown up at twenty six, when I find myself feeling browbeaten or exhausted or just sad, I listen to that album. As an adult I've listened now to your Val Jean, and your Don Quixote, and your Jekyll and yours are always my favorite renditions. I've watched the clip of you performing "Tennessee Waltz" on the Late Late show countless times, and it makes me sublimely happy. I also love that you seem to love Leonard Cohen as much as I do.

What I really wanted to accomplish with this note (which has turned into more of a meandering letter than a note, for which I apologize) is thank you. I have had a life that has been rewarding and rich (if I were religious I might use the word blessed) full of love and adventure and wonderful, intelligent friends, beautiful literature and great theater. You and your incredible talent have done so much to enrich that life. So thank you. I am sure that I could never properly express what it has meant to me. Thank you.

Lindsay White
6 October 2014 11:17pm
Irene McKinney |
Colm, I saw you in 1974 in Jesus Christ Superstar in London. I still remember the impact. I have followed your career since. I now live in Vancouver. Will you be appearing there anytime as I'd love to see you live again.
1 August 2014 05:46pm
judith |
Dear Colm,
I love your voice and presence on the stage. Will you be touring the UK at all over the next year?
31 July 2014 02:01am
Pete |
Two wishes...
Please record another solo album "More of My Best Friends"(Love the first album).
Please tour US - Boston! (Really enjoyed your show at Markham last Dec)
23 July 2014 10:20am
Steve Alexander |
Wow I first saw you at the end of the 25th anniversary of Phantom @ Royal Albert hall singing and simply had to come find out more about you. What a captivating voice. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face!
6 July 2014 02:36pm
Alessandro Bencini
Dear Colm,
it is so difficult for me to find the words to write this email. I'm a 20 years old italian guy who decided to move to London to follow his dream. I wold give my life to became a professional musical theatre performer. I've performed various roles since I was twelve, but always non or semi professional productions. When I was just sixteen I had the luck to play the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar; that experience changed my life completely. Since then I've performed Jesus in two other productions and played the roles of Tony in West Side Story, Simba in The Lion King and others and also did some recitals performing the roles that I most love (the main three are the Phantom, Valjean and Jesus...).

In Italy performers are not considered as actual workers; I've tried to start in my country but the lack of production and the habit of not paying performers, even in the most professional companies, forced me to move where art is really considered as a relevant part of the society.
I would just like the chance to be heard, have proper auditions, but even here the fact of not have a Musical Theatre (english) Diploma creates a huge disadvantage.
I was mentored by Egidio La Gioia in Italy, our best performer of all times, that have played the roles of Judas, Che, Tommy and Jesus with Carl Anderson! Even he has been victim of the decadence of italian musical theatre and can't help me a part from giving me great training in terms of singing, performing and deeply knowing/loving music and life.

Even though it may sound absurd to you I would like, if there is a way, to be mentored by you. You represent all I dream to be! My strongest desire is to give people an emotion, as I was lucky to receive when, as a child, a first saw a musical. If I'm able to create that contact, that energy exchange, with just one person, my life will be complete and full of joy. My voice is all that I have and that I could ever desire.

I thank you if you had the patience to read this (maybe) too long email.

With all my heart,

Alessandro Bencini
19 June 2014 08:54am
Adam Krenz |
Mr. Wilkinson I have been a fan of yours ever since I heard you sing bring him home at the Les Miserables 10th anniversary concert. You have been a constant inspiration both in terms of you undeniable talent, but also your incredibly kind and warm personality. I have spent most of what little time I spent in the theatre trying to imitate you (though it has been difficult as I am 21 and a bass at that. Been kind of forcing notes that shouldn't be anatomically possible for me). I decided to take this opportunity just to express my gratitude for all the amazing work you've done. In a society filled with digitally manufactured quote/unquote "artists" that are more image and industry than human, it's wonderful to have such a respectable character as yourself to look up to. I wish you the best of luck in life, and hope that someday we happen to meet. Just a heads up, I will ask you to sing with me. Annoying fan for you, once in a lifetime opportunity to sing with a hero for me, so please forgive my rudeness. Thank you again for all that you do.
14 June 2014 01:48pm
Kristi Keener |
Dear Mr. Wilkinson,

I am sure that you are a very busy man, and I would first like to offer both my greetings and my thanks for taking the time to read this message. I would have preferred to write a letter by hand, but I cannot afford postage, so unfortunately this is the only means I by which I might reach you at this time.

The reason that I am writing to you is another thank-you. When I was 9 years old, I found a cassette tape that was the Tenth Anniversary Concert for Les Miserables, and I only knew a few songs at the time from various elementary school concerts where everyone knew "Castle on a Cloud", and from seeing my sister's class perform it at our High School a few years beforehand. My father bought it for me nevertheless. Since then, it has become my favourite Broadway show, and your performance moved me so deeply that it saved my life. I'm sure you must hear it all the time, but your performance is simply amazing, and I have never heard anyone come close to your Jean Valjean.

There was a period of time in the last few years where some things had happened to me, and I ended up closing myself off from so much of life that I didn't really feel music as powerfully as I had before, and for someone who performed, this was not optimal or really, in any way good. My video had been worn out from many years of watching it, and I had no other way to listen to it for many years. But then one day, I heard someone listening to "Bring Him Home" over their speakers in one of the dressing rooms at my High School, and I remember sitting in the hallway and listening to it from outside the door and finally feeling something again after so long. It was the most beautiful thing that I ever heard and felt. In a lot of ways, it was a life-saver. When I came home from school that day, I begged my mother to let me buy another copy of the concert. I got back in touch with my music again, and I put everything into it, heart and soul, the way that it was always meant to be, and I have you to thank for that. I listen to this concert whenever I start to feel bitter again, and it keeps the candle burning through the dark days.

There is so much talent in the world, but yours is the one that saved my life, and for that I cannot thank you enough. I hope that this letter finds you in good health and much happiness.

Kristi Keener
10 May 2014 07:54pm
Mary |
Ever since I saw you on Broadway in 1987, I've been a fan. I tried to see you in Phantom of the Opera in Toronto but got the understudy instead. Finally everything came together and I was able to see your St. Patrick's Day concert in Mississauga. It was even more than I had hoped for - a magical evening. Well worth the wait as well as the time and expense to get there from the Philadelphia area!

I wish you all the best and look forward to more concerts! Thank you.
17 March 2014 05:20pm
Patricia |
Thank you for interpreting the Bishop of Digne in Les Miserables on January 11 in Toronto, it allowed me to see Les Miserables with Colm Wilkinson being part of the cast
9 February 2014 10:45am
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