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Paul Wos
Colm,

I regret that I couldn't make it to your performance in Buffalo this season; alas, now that I am retired as a music teacher in Niagara Falls, I am performing on trumpet (my instrument of study at the Eastman School of Music, it seems like a hundred years ago) with a band that works regularly in the Buffalo area, and I had a gig commitment.

I wanted to share this with you:

You know I made many trips with bus groups, many of them students, to enjoy your performances in Phantom and Les Miserables in Toronto. After your recent Buffalo performance, I received posts from around 20 of my former students who went to your concert and were again amazed by your performance! They mentioned seeing you on my trips and how gracious you were when you met them at the stage door.

You had SUCH an impact on these students that made them a future audience for musical theatre for themselves and their children!

Thank you for the impact that you made on so many of them. Have a wonderful Christmas season with good health and happiness!

Regards,
Paul Wos
29 November 2016 09:00pm
John Schneider | |
I wish I could have the opportunity to hear you live, Mr. Wilkinson. You are an inspiration. This may be short, but it's really hard to address a message to someone who I look up to and respect so much. I hope you are doing well, 24601.
17 November 2016 03:17pm
Robert Cook |
Mr. Wilkinson,

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You, above all other voices out there, represent possibilities. At 39 years old, I've spent my entire life with you, following your career on Broadway. My father (deceased) was an old Irish/German tough guy in NYC, and he taught me never to 'feel', but for some reason whenever we saw you in the theatre I could see he had his moments. Likewise, I am the same. Likewise, my children have grown their lives to know your voice. I've explained your voice to others as what I hope Angels to sound like on my deathbed. I've bet myself that if I were ever to have infinite finances, you were to be my wedding singer. In short, your voice is that of the voice that has changed vocals forever. Congrats to you and a magnificent career. You are, simply put, the benchmark all other vocalists are compared against.

If I were to have 1 wish, I would hope you would authorize your earliest work for reproduction. What I wouldn't pay to hear you sing the role of Judas in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'!, Evita? You are the reason it exists to this day.

Thank you for all you've accomplished in your life. Thank you for helping me dream big, and dream proper.

Your Fan,
-Rob
22 October 2016 09:30pm
Evrim Cakir and Aydin Colm Cakir
To Whom It May Concern:

If this is Mr. Wilkinson reading, hello! If this is not, I humbly ask if you could please pass this along...

Dear Mr Wilkinson:

I’ve tried to write you this letter many times before, but I’ve never had the courage to hit send. I don’t even know if this letter will ever reach you but as a mother I wish to send it in the hope that you might read it. I’m sure you received plenty of letters before, but this is more than a letter. This is a mother writing you to say thank you for the impact you’ve had in our lives.

My story is this; after years of trying to have a baby, and struggling, my husband and I learned that we were giving our first born not only a sibling, but a sister AND another brother. Our pregnancy was hard but well worth the troubles.

Around 6 months in we found out that there was something wrong with our son.. our worst nightmare was perpetuated when we found out his condition was potentially deadly. We spent the next months crying, worrying, and hoping for the best. I went into labor almost 2 months early, my daughter Yasemin was born at 3 pounds 7 oz a tiny bundle of joy. She is a champion and, despite the odds, came home a mere three days after delivery.

Our son Aydin was born at 6 pounds and was taken to the NICU right away. I didn’t even get to hold him until the day after his birth. We spent 30 days struggling to survive in the NICU. We didn’t know what was wrong, he had wires and tubes attached to him and it was the most heartbreaking moments of our lives. All I could do was hold him. As a mother, i’ve always known what to do. In this situation, helpless, all I could do was sing him Bring Him Home over and over again.

Dear sir, i wish I had a voice like yours, but my voice, in your spirit, calmed Aydin down. As I sung, I would dream of the day that I could finally bring my strong, helpless little boy home. Every time they had to stick a needle in him, every time the wires had to change I would whisper your words... Bring Him Home, I sung that song until I had no more tears to shed… until I had nothing but courage to provide him.

My husband and I just knew that his middle name must be Colm.

Thirty days later we BROUGHT HIM HOME. Now he 16 months old and he is as happy and healthy as any baby is, and nicely pestering his sister and older brother. He is truly the “gentle soul” of our children. We consider it Karma that he seems to have your grace, your class, and for that, we will always carry you in our hearts.

To this day, when he is crying I sing him Bring Him Home and he calms down. I just wanted to take the time to thank you for singing with your heart and please know that you’ve touched our lives. Thank you for helping us in troubled times; even though you didn’t know it.

With Love,

Evrim Cakir and Aydin Colm Cakir
10 October 2016 02:27am
Frank Backitis |
Dear Mr. Wilkinson:

I had the extreme honor and privilege to be in the audience of Les Misérables at the Imperial Theater the night you performed as a memorial to your then-recently departed father. It's been over 25 years since then, but the raw emotion and feelings from that magnificent performance still leave me in awe to this day. I had never, and to this day have never again, been some overwhelmed and moved by a theatrical performance like I was that night. And the memory of that night helped me greatly when my own father passed away some seven years later. I hope it will mean something to you that your memorial performance lives on in my memory, keeping the memory or your father -- and mine -- alive to this day.
9 October 2016 02:43pm
jenny.mcclarren
Hi Colm,

I'm not sure if this is really you or not, but I'm going to send you this letter anyway. My name is Jenny McClarren. I have been writing you letters since I was 14 years old and never knew I could actually have the potential of getting one to you. I grew up with you, and you have inspired me in so many ways. I was raised on Les Miserables, and I'll never forget the first time I saw it live in New York City. I almost soiled myself with excitement. I have followed the musical around the country, but it was always missing what meant the most to me.... YOU. The truth is, sir, you ARE Les Miz. You made what Les Miz is to me. Imagine my excitement when you took on the role of the bishop in the movie. I've never cried so hard during a movie as I did when you passed the candlesticks to Hugh.

I have always said if I had a dying wish, it would be to shake your hand. I wish I could express to you how much you changed my life. When I was sad, I listened to you sing. I didn't even care which song... be it Music of the Night, or Who Am I, your music touched my heart. When I was happy, I listened to you sing. You helped me through the death of my father. You helped me through my divorce. You were there when my daughter was born. My daughter (now 6) knows who you are, and what you mean to me. I have a rare medical condition called cluster headaches, and your voice gets me through the suicidal attacks.

I found out you are going to be in Buffalo, NY. I would give anything to be there... but it's just not possible this year.

I am sure you get these letters all the time. I just want the chance to tell you how much you have spoken to my heart, and continue to do so. Thank you, Colm.

Jenny
5 October 2016 09:54am
Evelyn Anderson
Hi Colm,

You probably don't remember us. We were with you in Toronto 17 years ago. Eleni Anderson was young Cossette. I am her mom Evelyn Anderson. I hope all is well with you and your family. We have such wonderful memories of you.
27 September 2016 10:59pm
Bryann Burgess
Hi Colm! My name is Bryann and I love being your fan! I am an actress in South Carolina and I appreciate your wonderful work in acting. Thank you so very much for motivating me!
27 September 2016 10:52pm
Ben Wallace
Dear Mr. Wilkinson,

My name is Ben Wallace, a teenager with a major obsession for musical theatre. Of all the fabulous talents and voices on the stage, yours is king in my mind. I really wish that I was a tenor instead of a bass so that I could attempt to sing some of the same songs you’re so famous for- of course, nobody can match your beautiful, powerful voice. One of my favourite shows is Phantom, and the only recording I ever listen to is the Original Canadian Cast recording. In my opinion, no other Phantom has ever sung in such a haunting yet soothing way. Naturally, I also only listen to Les Miz recordings with you as Valjean. “Bring Him Home”, “Who Am I”, and “One Day More” give everybody shivers, I’m sure. What are the odds that my favourite vocalist played two of my favourite roles?

I have to ask, was your vocal range always so stunning? Do you have any advice for a young actor and musician? I just finished playing the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, and I found that at the end of the run my voice was giving out. Do you have any techniques I could use to keep my voice in fine form for an entire show?

This very year you performed in my hometown of Guelph, Ontario, and I was very disheartened to find that I had missed out on seeing you perform live! I sincerely hope that you make a return very soon, as it’s not every day an opportunity like that comes around.

I’m not sure if you’ll read this, and it seems far less likely that I’ll receive a response, but if you do end up seeing this message I want to thank you for your time and for sharing your incredible talents with the world!

Sincerely,
Ben Wallace
9 August 2016 09:49pm
Victoria Rimmey
Hello,

We will be flying from Denver, Colorado to Canada for the first time to see Mr. Wilkinson's show on December 2nd. Having grown up with Mr. Wilkinson's music, we are incredibly excited to finally get the chance to see him perform live. However, this show is particularly special for us because of a young companion who will be accompanying us.

When I was pregnant with my son earlier this year, my husband and I had a short list of names that we were interested in but did not want to come to a final consensus until the baby was born. One day, I was listening to music when Mr. Wilkinson's name popped up. Given our family tradition of giving firstborn sons the middle name of "Williamson", I jokingly mentioned we should name our son "Colm Williamson" as a play on words. We didn't think much of it, but when our son was finally born on May 1st, we realized that he 100% was a "Colm" and that no other name would do. And thus, Colm Williamson Amadeus Rimmey was born -- named after our favorite performer as an homage to our mutual love of musical theatre, and our hopes for a life filled with as much music and success as his namesake. Our precious Colm will be attending the show with us in December, and we are so incredibly excited for him to get the chance to see the man who inspired his name. We have attached a picture of our happy little Colm, though he will be much bigger by the time the concert rolls around :)

While there are so, so many songs that we would love to hear performed live (we're big time show tune and Beatles lovers, so the list would be endless!), our one real request is for "First of May" -- primarily because that's when our little Colm was born!

Thank you so much for allowing us to share our story! We are looking forward to December!

Sincerely,

Victoria and Adam Rimmey (and baby Colm)

28 June 2016 11:34pm
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