Really? You'll give anything for it?
Colm Wilkinson's Guest Appearance Sum Up:
Colm played the Bishop and was amazing. As one would expect from Colm, when you add in all the good feelings you walk into the theatre with expecting to see him play the Bishop. He probably could have been totally off-key, off-time and singing Who Am I? instead of the proper Bishop lines and he'd still be amazing.
So, as I said before, they added a Bishop moment to the Finale, so that he greets Valjean and invites him to join the rest of the cast in the line-up for the DYHTPS reprise. From where I was sitting and from the way he kept wiping at his eyes, I think Colm was crying as he sang along with the finale and it was beautiful.
The curtain call played out as normal, but after Ramin took his bow, he held a finger to his lips and made a little "hmm, aren't we forgetting something?" face and then dramatically gestured to the side and Colm came out for his very, very appreciative ovation. Then he did a very nice speech about what Les Mis is all about and that if there's anything the audience should take away from the evening's charity performance, it's the idea that "tomorrow comes." Because while that performance was for the benefit of a couple of charities hand-picked by Colm, they need continued support, not just one night's gala of it. He said some lovely, appreciative things about Ramin and then Ramin did a whole song and dance number about trying to convince Colm to sing. (Including a moment where he said "we're very alike, you and I. You're Irish, I'm Iranian. Where we come from, a night like this requires celebration! A little song and dance! And I don't know about you, but I don't think I can dance -- " at which point Colm did a jig and it was pretty great.)
And, of course, we ended the evening on a beautiful Bring Him Home duet between Colm and Ramin, with the entire cast - swings included. They let them join the ensemble for a couple of scenes so that EVERYONE could share the stage with Colm - standing upstage, taking in the performance. It was just as beautiful to watch Colm singing Bring Him Home as it was to see how appreciative of it the cast was. You can tell which cast members really get it and who it hits home for.
"Quand vous aurez besoin de Bahorel, capitaine, Bahorel est là! Je sais faire trébucher tous les chevaux du garde-corps avec une ficelle... Rien qu'une petite ficelle. Enfin, pensez à Bahorel du Café Musain!"