REVIEW: The Simon and Garfunkel Story at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

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As tribute acts go, this must rate as one of the best.

Accompanied by a montage of pictures and film, Dean Elliott (Paul Simon) and David Tudor (Art Garfunkel) took us from the early beginnings of Simon and Garfunkel, through to their `Bridge over Troubled Water’ years.

Elliott and Tudor have put together an excellent show that captures the essence of one of that period’s super groups

They opened with The Sound of Silence, then addressing the audience directly, went through Simon and Garfunkel’s discography and gave little anecdotes on the way – who knew that `Homeward Bound’ was written on Widnes Railway station.

The first half of the show had that melancholy feel to it, so reminiscent of a lot of the duo’s early work.

After the break, opening with the superb `Old Friends’, came the 1970’s, and the band’s most popular songs including Cecelia and Mrs Robinson.

Paying tribute to such a well known pair was never going to be an easy job, and while their harmonies did sometimes lack the ethereal quality of Art Garfunkel’s haunting voice, Elliott and Tudor have put together an excellent show that captures the essence of one of that period’s super groups.