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Donna Graham |
Just a note to wish you and yours the Peace of this Christmas season. I applaud your efforts to spread the message of Peace to each of our hearts and to the entire World. Keep up your amazing, and truly humorous work.
3 December 2014 09:13pm
Kay Ashton |
Hi....I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the performance in Sarnia, Ont on December 2. We saw you there earlier in the year, and my husband, who if music didn't exit, wouldn't make any difference to him....asked to see you again! He's very ill now and it's not easy for him to get around...but he wasn't going to miss this show. Congratulations on being the first to stir his soul with music! We live in Port Huron..across the river from Sarnia and traveled a lot to Toronto for theatre. That's where I first fell in love with you as the Phantom. You are the best of all the Phantom characters I have seen. God Bless you! 🎸🎤🎶
Kay Ashton
USA
ps...it would be wonderful if you could respond....you would make my husband's day!!
3 December 2014 09:11pm
Robbi Perez | |
My fiancÚ and i absolutely adore your singing! We hope someday you can visit Seattle, we will be there right in front to see you perform! cheers!
20 November 2014 10:32pm
Sian Reeves |
Dear Sir,

My name is Sian Reeves and I was in the original production of Les Miserables with Colm. It was my first ever job, given my equity card, and I took over Cosette. I am trying to make a documentary about all of us original cast members. Would you ask Colm if he would be willing to talk to me about his experience then and over the thirty years, and where we are now, how he feels about it all. He is an amazing man and helped me at 19 years old. I will never forget him or the whole experience. I would love to know if he would be up for it!!!

Thank you in advance

Best wishes

Sian Reeves
10 November 2014 07:50pm
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
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