Breaking News: Colm Wilkinson to join Ramin Karimloo in Toronto's LES MISERABLES for Charity Performance!

December 3
3:17 PM 2013
Breaking News: Colm Wilkinson to join Ramin Karimloo in Toronto's LES MISERABLES for Charity Performance! Toronto's critically acclaimed production of Les Miserables was responsible for bringing Ramin Karimloo back 'home' to perform on Canadian soil, and now for one performance only, he will share the stage with the man who helped inspire his dream to pursue musical theatre - none other than stage legend (and original Jean Valjean) Colm Wilkinson.

Many have heard the story about home Richmond Hill raised Karimloo attended a performance of Toronto's Phantom of the Opera in the nineties (when Wilkinson played Phantom) and proudly proclaimed to his classmates that one day that was what he was going to do for a living.

His dream came true in a big way, as he went out to play 'The Phantom' on London's West End in both the original and Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel 'Love Never Dies' before taking on the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

On Saturday January 11th, Colm will step on stage at The Princess of Wales and play The Bishop one more time, this time passing the candlesticks to Ramin Karimloo, Toronto (and soon to be Broadway's) Jean Valjean. When BWW interviewed Colm Wilkinson in November 2012 about his solo concerts and participation in the film, he spoke candidly about what it was like the pass the candlesticks to Hugh Jackman and start him on his Les Miserables journey. Now audiences can watch as he does the same with Ramin Karimloo, and supported worthy causes at the same time.
It is bound to be a very special evening for lovers of musical theatre and Les Miserables alike, and proceeds will benefit five very special charities: Casey House, Covenant House, Ernestine's, The Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa and Theatre 20.

@CityMelanie captured this photo of @raminkarimloo and Colm Wilkinson discussing this event and shared on twitter

Breaking News: Colm Wilkinson to join Ramin Karimloo in Toronto's LES MISERABLES for Charity Performance!

Details are still unfolding and BWW will update readers as more becomes available. We can confirm the performance will be on Jan 11th, 2014.

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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

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