The Simon & Garfunkel Story was at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, September 3rd, and will be touring throughout 2015.
Dean Elliot is Paul Simon and Joe Sterling is Art Garfunkel and they work their magic in the critically-acclaimed West End show The Simon & Garfunkel Story. The production uses a huge projection screen which features photos and film footage from the Sixties, and it’s a powerful tool because it’s the backdrop to people’s lives. Seeing images of President Kennedy, Castro and war, alongside footage of Simon and Garfunkel and concerts, brings back the spirit of the Sixties: phenomenal energy and optimism, countered by authority and the Vietnam War. The band recreated the magic, and tapped into the eloquently expressed emotion behind the music in a ‘theatrical narrative’. David Beck has directed a great show.
The live band is awesome and they start, as they mean to go on, with a full throttled delivery. They played all the well-known hits from ‘Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Cecilia, Homeward Bound, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Mrs Robinson’. They saved ‘The Boxer’ until the very end, and that was quite an emotional moment.
.The show tells the story of the duo, from humble beginnings: Simon & Garfunkel started out as: ‘Tom & Gerry’, interestingly and happily not the case, it was thought their Jewish names would impede their musical career, and follows their fortunes, through to their massive successes, and it ends with an impressive recreation of the 1981 Central Park concert. The vocals are beautiful: great harmonies and it was quite moving when they paid tribute to the Everly Brothers, who inspired Simon & Garfunkel, with ‘Bye Bye Love’.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story is on tour and will come to Liverpool next year: see details of 2015 tour dates below. For more details on the show, visit: www.thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com
Review by Jean Hill