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Now seen by over a 1/4 million people across the world, ‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is a critically acclaimed concert style theatre show about two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Using state of the art video projection, incredible lighting and a full live band ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ is a moving and powerful concert featuring all the hits such as ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘The Boxer’, ‘The Sound Of Silence’ and many more, this is a show not to be missed!

 

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Thursday 26th October 7.30pm, Tickets

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PORTSMOUTH NEWS - ALAN COOPER

Pure, clear and sincere, a loving tribute to one of the world’s greatest musical duos.

 

Dean Elliot as Paul Simon and Jonny Smart as Art Garfunkel perfectly captured the pair’s deft harmonies and vocal blending.

 

Ably accompanied by a three-piece band, Paul and Art told the story of their early friendship, starting out as pop combo Tom and Jerry as teenagers. They became darlings of the New York folk/rock scene in the early 1960s, and worked their way up to world stardom providing part of the soundtrack of that turbulent decade.

 

The story was woven between songs, with video projections and background images conjuring up the atmosphere of the times. Particularly effective was the juxtaposition of the sweetly winsome Scarborough Fair with footage of the Vietnam War, race riots, JFK, the KKK and peace demos.

 

The greatest hits were all accounted for: Sound of Silence, I Am A Rock, Homeward Bound, Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, America, Old Friends, The Boxer and the 59th St Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy). But there were lesser-known songs too, showing the breadth of the duo’s output – The Dangling Conversation was a particular gem.

 

A musical interlude even covered the solo years – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Graceland and more woven into a neat package leading into a segment recalling the Central Park reunion show. But, of course, the towering moment was Bridge Over Troubled Water, an astonishing performance, particularly from Jonny Smart as Art.

 

A must for fans, an education to the uninitiated, this is a tribute show made with true respect for the music – and the audience.

 

 

SALISBURY JOURNAL - COREY ROSS

The Simon and Garfunkel Story is a must-see for anyone who is a fan of the musical masters.

 

Dean Elliott as Paul Simon and Jonny Smart as Art Garfunkel are a perfect pairing and create some really beautiful harmonies.

 

They are also very likeable in the laidback and unpretentious way they tell the story of two boyhood friends from Queens who grew up to become a hugely successful and world-famous act.

 

All the classic hits are played against a backdrop of mostly black and white images that tell their story as well as that of America’s turbulent history in the ’60s and ’70s, giving the audience a real feel of the whole environment the pair were making music in.

 

This is Jonny Smart’s professional debut, and he perfectly captures Garfunkel’s aloofness and pure sound, particularly in Bridge Over Troubled Water. The whole experience has a very authentic feel and the duo is excellently backed by a live band of Leon Camfield, Murray Gardiner and Josh Powell.

 

I must admit I’m not as much of a Simon and Garfunkel aficionado as most of the audience were, but I acquired some new favourites in The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) and Richard Cory.

 

They covered all the classics, including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia and Homeward Bound, and when they ended with The Boxer they had the audience in Salisbury on their feet in appreciation.

 

 

VICTORIA KINGSTON - AUTHOR: ’SIMON & GARFUNKEL - THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY

The Simon and Garfunkel Story is a great night out, certainly for fans of the duo – but for anyone who enjoys music. It’s also visually very exciting. Dean and Jonny who appear as Paul and Artie have their movements and mannerisms spot on and their attention is stunning.

 

It’s a worthy and respectful tribute to the duo, but aside from that, it’s an uplifting and thoroughly entertaining show. You won’t be able to sit still: you will be clapping your hands, singing along and swaying to this wonderful music. You will remember why the songs of Paul Simon and the harmonies he produced with Art Garfunkel thrilled several generations of fans.

 

Go on – treat yourself to a fabulous evening!

Reviews

"Authentic & Exciting"

- The Stage

"A Real Treat"  

- The Metro

"Amazing"

- Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2

"Enchanting"  

- Captial Radio

"Spine-Tingling Harmonies"

- The Daily Record

"Simply Incredible"

- BBC Scotland