THE SIMON AND GARFUNKEL STORY
the Civic Theatre
its name suggests, not just a tribute show, but a stage biog of the
legendary duo from Queens.
two actors who play the leads – at this performance we saw Gregory
Clarke and Joe Sterling - tell the story of Paul and Art, from their
earliest rock'n'roll incarnation as Tom and Jerry through the albums
to the parting of the ways and their separate solo careers, with the
Central Park reunion saved for the big finish. Bridge Over Troubled
Water, and last of all, The Boxer. Vocal styles, microphone technique
and even body language are uncannily recreated, with excellent
support from the onstage band of Adam Smith, keyboards and lead
guitar, Leon Camfield, bass, and Josh Powell, drums. Though
occasionally lyrics – I Am A Rock - are lost to intrusive
percussion. The staging is simple – this is a tour of
one-night-stands – but projected images and videos serve as a
reminder of the originals and the era in which they performed.
Strawberry Fair, for instance, is counterpointed with images of the
that memorable night in Central Park is thirty-five years ago now,
and the Sound of Silence has just chalked up its half-century. It
would be nice to think that a new generation might discover these
singer-songwriters through this show, with its generous serving of
timeless classics authentically performed with style and passion.