Famous duo’s sounds to fill Jupiters Casino
FOLLOWING a sold-out season on London’s West End and throughout Europe, the UK production of The Simon and Garfunkel story will play Jupiters Casino this month as part of its Australian tour.
Kicking off in Melbourne on Wednesday, the acclaimed production tells the tale of how two young boys from Queens, New York, went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time.
Chronicling the duo’s journey from humble beginnings as 1950s rock ‘n’ roll duo Tom and Jerry, the show takes audiences through the songs and stories that shaped them, their dramatic split, their solo careers and a recreation of their famed 1981 Central Park reunion concert.
The story features UK performers Gregory Clarke as Paul Simon and Joe Sterling as Art Garfunkel, who have embraced the opportunity of filling some of music’s biggest shoes.
“There’s a certain responsibility to portraying someone so well known and still around,” Clarke said.
“While I wouldn’t say it’s daunting, it’s a real want to get it right and getting as close as we can.”
Clarke said part of the responsibility in recreating the duo was aiming to do it with clarity while not going overboard.
“We don’t caricature. We want to give a flavour of Simon and Garfunkel but we didn’t want to cartoon it,” he said.
“We tread that line and give the audience what they want without going too far the other way.
“What you can expect is a two-hour journey through the life and work of Simon and Garfunkel, like you were seeing them themselves.”
Giving the audience what they want is made easier with the Simon and Garfunkel’s extensive and much loved catalogue of songs, which include The Sound of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson and Homeward Bound, which are all brought to life in the show.
While Clarke’s personal favourite is the melodic, guitar driven The Dangling Conversation, he said the biggest hits always resonate best.
“It’s the ones that people know that get the best responses,” Clarke said.
“For fans, Bridge Over Troubled Water is such an anthemic song and everyone is waiting for that so when it comes, there’s a huge response from the crowd.”
Clarke said the re-creation of the 1981 Central Park reunion concert was the “centrepiece”, providing a real highlight to end the show.
The show tours Brisbane’s QPAC Concert Hall on July 13 and 14, before returning to Queensland to play Jupiters.
THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY
Where: Jupiters Casino
When: Thursday, July 21
Tickets: From $59. ticketek.com.au or (07) 55 928 303