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Colm meets U.S. President Barack Obama
Colm with Irish President Mary Mc Aleese and her husband Martin
Colm with Tom Cruise
Colm with Laurence Fishburne
Colm with Gary Sinise

 
Colm with Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Colm with Henry Cavill
Colm with Donny Osmond Colm and Hugh Jackman
Les Miserables movie
Colm with Peter Jöback
Phantom 25th Anniversary
Colm with Martin Short
   
Colm with Gay Byrne host of "The Meaning Of Life"
 
 
Assorted quotes from the press and others:

Sir Cameron Mackintosh
The day I first heard Colm sing the music of Les Misérables when he was auditioning for the role of Jean Valjean I knew that we had not only found our star but he had a voice from God like no other. He was also the first person ever to sing the title role of Phantom of The Opera which Andrew Lloyd Webber and I were staging as a private tryout prior to production. Though already cast as Jean Valjean Colm spoke enthusiastically about playing the Phantom, which he said appealed to him even more as the role was a bit shorter! Luckily for him I said no and the musical theatre benefited from two legendary performances. Many Congratulations Doctor and much love from Cameron and all his many friends in London.

 

Sir Tim Rice
I first noticed the outstanding talent of Colm Wilkinson when he knocked the socks off audiences in the original West End production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Andrew Lloyd Webber and I then nabbed him speedily to be the first ever Che Guevara in our original studio album of Evita. Since those days many many others have recognised his extraordinary gifts and he has conquered the world in countless other ways, annoyingly not often enough in my shows. No-one could be more deserving of a tribute evening than Colm. I send him love and good luck for what I know will be a memorable evening.

 

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber
I have known Colm for many years. He was the original Che on the album of "Evita" and probably less known is that he was the first person to play the role of the Phantom at Sydmonton, my country home, when the show was in embryo. I would have offered him the role had it not been that he was already committed to play Valjean in "Les Miserables"! I can't think of a better way to honour him than this musical theatre scholarship - Congratulations Colm.

 

Sir Trevor Nunn
I first heard C T Wilkinson on the original recording of 'Jesus Christ Superstar', and not long after that thrilling experience, Colm's arrival revolutionised the score of 'Les Miserables'. Nobody can ever completely equal his achievement as Jean Valjean ... with his miraculous voice, and his utterly committed acting performance amounting to the jewel in the glittering crown of his brilliant career. But how can it be that such a colossus of musical theatre is such a generous, caring, modest, funny, lovely man? I thank my lucky stars that I met you Colm and have had the extraordinary privilege of knowing you over so many years. Colm Wilkinson Superstar. Love Trevor

 

Claude-Michel Schönberg
When we played to the company the new song "Bring Him Home" written for Colm’s incredible falsetto voice, a member from the company told the director Trevor Nunn: "You said the show was about God but you never said that God will sing in the show !"

 

Eddie Redmayne
I will never forget the moment Colm walked onto the set of the Les Miserables film. All of the other actors, having grown up being beguiled by his staggering talent, were silenced. Completely silenced. Everyone just sort of stood there with dropped jaws. De Niro had walked in. That's it, Colm is the De Niro of the Musical Theatre world. He inspired us all through the filming process with kind encouragement, overwhelming generosity and his rockstar spirit and I am so thrilled that with these scholarships he will continue to inspire another generation.

 

The most affecting scene comes in the opening act, as Valjean is astonished and moved by the Christ-like charity of the Bishop (Colm Wilkinson) who takes him in, forgives him for attempting to steal and protects him from arrest (“I have saved your soul for God”).

- Peter Bradshaw, Mail & Guardian

 

When Colm Wilkinson - the Valjean in both the original London and Broadway productions - cameos as a kindly bishop, giving Jackman a second chance at a free life, it’s a glorious moment, a passing of the torch from one generation to the next and a gleeful reference for longtime fans of the show. And while Jackman is never less than a joy to watch, in that one scene at least, I wished that Hooper had found a Valjean who could rival Wilkinson in sheer musical ability and presence, movie star or not.

- Craig Manning, Western Herald

 

But for all its slight imperfections, there is much to admire including performances from the old and the new, and a treat, in the form of Colm Wilkinson’s Bishop, for anyone who saw him play Valjean on stage.

- Vincent Ralph, hereisthecity.com

 

How great, too, to see Colm Wilkinson – the most well-known stage Valjean – as the Bishop (what a voice)

- moviebrit.com

 

Colm Wilkinson, known for his stage performances as Jean Valjean, is a total, albeit brief, knockout as the bishop.

- Aaron Wilder, reporternews.com

 

Bringing Colm Wilkinson (the original Valjean) to play the Bishop was a wonderful addition and served to bring the legacy of Les Misérables to a complete circle.

- Cassandra Rhoden, filmreviewsbypeople

 

Colm Wilkinson's Jean Valjean ranks as one of the finest musical theatre performances ever.

- New York News Day

 

He is an actor of pugilistic figure and dynamic voice...

- Frank Rich New York Times

 

Was incredible when you confronted Cromwell...just measured and totally believable throughout.

- Michael Hirst - The Tudors

 

With his voice of moral outrage and hulking presence Colm Wilkinson is superb.

- Clive Barnes New York Post

 

Colm Wilkinson's Danny Boy is the closest thing to perfection you are likely to hear in a very long time.

- Evening Herald

 

His voice is the best I've ever heard in theatre.

- Chatham Kent Times

 

Wilkinson's glorious, expressive tenor memorably soars, caresses and occassionally bullies.

- Sunday Independent Chronicle

 

The singer has a plaintive Danny Boy tenor that can tear our hearts out at 50 yards.

- Pat Donnelly Montreal Gazette

 

His voice travelled all over the high register with a beauty that brought people to their feet

- Toronto Sun

 

The voice is one-of-a-kind and the feeling he pours into each selection is seemingly limitless.

- Toronto Star

 

And the voice. There was an assured power in it, as if Wilkinson was in a place he utterly belonged

- Toronto Sun

 

He has a compelling stage presence and a full singing voice that is also capable of subtlety and detail...

- Toronto Star

 

Colm Wilkinson adds a completely different kind of presence to the mixture...

- The Irish Times

 

Colm Wilkinson will be very big and that's it folks.

- Musical Gazette

 

He allows his demonic upper registers to rip twice with great effect

- The Irish Times

 

Colm Wilkinson has the finest voice in musical theatre anywhere in the world.

- Garth Drabinsky

 

I had the most fun with Colm Wilkinson. He can hardly stop telling jokes long enough to sing the song.

- Linda Eder

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