Dinner with Colm Wilkinson of Les Misérables

Tonight, at the invitation of Tim Campbell of the St Patrick’s Centre , Downpatrick, I had dinner with Colm Wilkinson and his wife. They had expressed a wish to meet me, and it was certainly a pleasure to do so. 

Colm Wilkinson (also known as C. T. Wilkinson in Ireland) is an Irish-Canadian tenor, best known for originating the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (in the West End and Broadway) and for playing the title role in The Phantom of the Opera (at the Sydmonton Festival and in the original Canadian production). I have named my friend Professor John Wesley Hutchinson of the Sorbonne Jean Valjean.

Due to his association with these musicals, he reprised the role of Jean Valjean during the Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Concert (at The Royal Albert Hall), as well as appearing as a special guest at the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of Les Misérables (at the O2 Arena) and The Phantom of the Opera (at The Royal Albert Hall). His versions of both “The Music of the Night” from Phantom and “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables are acclaimed throughout the world; fans “insist he perform them…at all his concerts.”

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