Simon and Garfunkel celebration comes to Croydon
It has been 50 years since Simon and Garfunkel wrote the iconic Sound of Silence and now audiences have a chance to relive the duo’s music career, writes Andy Bloss.
Straight from London’s West End, award-winning actor Dean Elliott stars in the Simon and Garfunkel Story.
The production takes the audience back to the 1960s. It tells the story of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their humble beginnings as rock and roll duo Tom and Jerry.
It follows their careers through massive successes, their dramatic break-up and finishing with a recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert.
Using a huge projection screen, the show features original photos and film footage. The full live band perform all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and the Sound of Silence amongst others.
Elliott, 33, who plays the role of the Paul Simon, has featured in a number of UK theatre tours but most recently starred in Buddy The Musical where he played the lead role of Buddy Holly.
He says: "It's a beautiful show about two best friends and their rise to fame during the ups and downs of the 1960s. Plus the music is incredible and the full band is amazing.
"I think Paul Simon is one of the world's best songwriters and his lyrics are incredibly inspiring. Art Garfunkel has a voice of an angel. It's an incredible mix.
"It's been really great to work so close on my vocal harmony skills singing in a duo with Jonny who play Art Garfunkel.
"The harmonies are really difficult but when we got them to sound like S and G it sounded fantastic. The whole company have a deep respect to sound as close to the real thing as possible and it's been great to be part of that."
Elliott adds: "The music of Simon and Garfunkel is timeless and beautiful. The story of the ups and downs of two best friend's is universal with whom anyone can identify with.
"The whole evening is a celebration of great music."
The Simon and Garfunkel Story - 50th Anniversary Celebration, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, January 17, 7.30pm, £18, visit www.fairfield .co.uk or call 020 8688 9291.
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