Not exactly the showy type, Grandpa Colm.
We aren’t kidding. Watch Colm tell the story on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson here.
As far as we’re concerned, Colm and Gero have only performed together once at the 25AC event, but …
Colm hasn’t said anything about a favourite Les Mis cast in particular, but we’re using any excuse to bring you this dancing trio from the TAC …
Ramin never fails to mention Colm whenever he’s asked about his musical theatre inspiration, who he’d first met after watching The Phantom of the Opera in 1990. In fact, according to this article, even their families have become friends. Similarly, Colm has nothing but good things to say about Ramin, calling him “a really nice kid” and “a force to be reckoned with” in this interview. And in case you are wondering about the artwork above, you just might want to check out this tweet.
Having created the role of Jean Valjean 27 years ago in the original London production of Les Misérables, Colm also went on to play the part in various cities around the world: New York (1987 original Broadway production), Toronto (1998), Dublin (1999), and in 2002, both San Francisco and Shanghai (3rd National Tour). He has spoken of enjoying the travels, with “so many different cultures to see, to experience”, and often cites Valjean as both his favourite stage role and a personal inspiration.
There is a common misconception that Colm was bearded throughout the four-and-a-half years he spent as the original Canadian Phantom. This is not true at all; the only reason he had facial hair in the POTO section of Hey, Mr. Producer! was because he was also playing Valjean in the Les Mis segment afterward. Colm had, in actual fact, been clean-shaven in all 1,653 performances of his Toronto run.