Edinburgh Playhouse: Colm Wilkinson
An excellent at the Playhouse watching Colm Wilkinson. Who? Well, he played Phantom in the pre-production workshop of Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, and let Michael Crawford do the actual production while he went off instead to create the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. He began by doing Music of the Night:
His programme was a mix of show tunes (Somewhere, Some Enchanhted Evening) and a variety of other things: Help Me Make It Through the Night, Hallelujah, Imagine (with an interpolated section of Tom Paxton's Peace Will Come), Danny Boy, Whiskey In The Jar, Folsom Prison Blues, I Got My Mojo Workin', She's Leaving Home. And as he likes to do something in each concert related to the place he's in, we also had The Proclaimers' 500 Miles.
Colm's backing vocalists Siobhán Pettit and Áine Whelan each did a couple of solo numbers. Áine's were especially impressive: I Dreamed A Dream and The Winner Takes It All.
Before doing Bring Him Home as an encore, Colm mentioned that people are always saying how high it is. However, when it was first written, he'd wanted to do it a tone higher, in B. He was dissuaded because B major is not a popular key for bands to accompany, especially not for clarinets or brass. So in A it remained. I can report that at 69 he can still hit it just fine. Before he performed it, he also did a rendition of this wonderful parody from Forbidden Broadway, an off-Broadway show which sends up all the current Broadway shows. Epic.