Simon and Garfunkle, the American Folk Rock Duo have returned to the West End. Or to be honest, Sam O’Hanlon and Charles Blyth have returned. They are both spitting images of the famous duo, not only in looks but in voices, charisma and body language. They are perfect as Simon and Garfunkle and with the background images shown on the screen; it’s a little difficult to tell them apart.
Sam and Charles take audience members through Simon and Garfunkle’s greatest hits from when they were 17 performing as Tom and Jerry. The story continues until their musical pathways separated at the age of 29. The stage is relatively simple and relies heavily on Sam and Charles (along with the band) to capture the audience’s attention.
The songs are ones you know and love, with our favourites being Cecelia, Homeward Bound, Mrs Robinson, The Sound Of Silence and Parsley, Rosemary & Thyme. The audience loved them and I could hear them sing along and cheer loudly. Of course the audience wanted more after the final song. So the band came back and gave them what they wanted. The encore performance was, however, Bridge Over Troubled Water, an unusual choice given the slow temp of the song.
All the songs though were heartbreakingly beautiful and I realised I knew more songs by Simon and Garfunkle than I realised. It was a great show and if you’re fans of the duo, you’ll be in for a treat. The Simon and Garfunkle Story will be performing on the 2nd of October, 6th of November and the 4th of December 2017 at 7.30pm
29 Shaftesbury Avenue
Written by Tegan LeBon
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