Last Night's Epic LES MISERABLES Encore With Ramin Karimloo & Colm Wilkinson
History was made last night in Toronto when the originator of the central role in the international mega-hit mega-musical LES MISERABLES, Colm Wilkinson, joined the new 2014 Jean Valjean soon headed to Broadway to headline the highly anticipated revival, Ramin Karimloo, for both the performance of the show and a special encore duet at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
Sharing some tender words with the audience following the curtain call for the charity performance in which Wilkinson reprised onstage his feature film role as the Bishop, Wilkinson said, "You know, I believe most people are born inherently good, they just need an opportunity to show that goodness - and tonight is a prime example. This wonderful cast; and this guy, of course."
Additionally, Wilkinson eloquently expressed, "LES MISERABLES, the book; LES MISERABLES, the musical - it's about giving; it's about goodness; it's about compassion and love; and, what a great musical to do for this particular night."
Remarking on the new Toronto company, Wilkinson concluded, "They are probably one of the best casts I've ever heard," to a huge ovation.
Plus, of Karimloo, Wilkinson said, "He's going to be a superstar," before joining the actor for a rapturous and powerfully sung encore - "Bring Him Home".
Of note, the proceeds from last night's special performance benefited charities of Wilkinson's choice, as BroadwayWorld previously reported here.
Photo Credit: Cylla von Tiedemann