The Simon and Garfunkel Story, Lyric Theatre | Review

The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Lyric Theatre 
Reviewed on Monday 23rd July 2018 by Lucy Jardine 

On a hot, sticky summer's evening, did I really want to sit in an equally hot, sticky theatre to listen to music from yesteryear, music I've heard so many times before? 

On Monday evening, at the Lyric Theatre I expected to hear all the songs we know so well. And I did. Of course. But we were also treated to a raft of lesser known ones. 

In essence, the entire show - The Simon and Garfunkel Story - consisted of 4 guys on stage: 'Simon' (Philip Murray Warson), 'Garfunkel' (Charles Blyth) and their two backing musicians/singers. Warson and Blyth's vocals were almost flawless, perfectly capturing the beautiful harmonies of the original duo. When I closed my eyes I could almost believe it was them. To be honest, that would almost have been enough. 

But what made the evening even better was the story behind the songs - the anecdotes and details about Simon and Garfunkel's careers as a duo and as solo artists. This was illustrated by footage from the era, such served to contextualise the songs - we saw footage of the Everley Brothers, Martin Luther King and JFK, interspersed with photos of Simon and Garfunkel themselves. 

Back to the music. What a fantastic evening. The only reason I would award this show 4 stars out of 5 would be due to the occasional lapses in harmony from the backing singers, but largely due to my frustration at not being allowed to sing along at the top of my voice.... Catch The Simon and Garfunkel Story if you can when it's next back in town!

photo credit: Betty Zapata 

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