‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ features the duo’s best-loved songs, performed before a backdrop of film and still images that capture the turbulence of the era—the cultural icons, scientific discovery, and social justice awakening that so dramatically reshaped American society.
Bloom and Cooley are charming and personable performers who tell the Simon and Garfunkel story between renditions of “Scarborough Fair,” “Cecilia,” and “Kathy’s Song,” among others.
‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is probably the most fun you can have in the city this weekend.
The story begins when Simon and Garfunkel meet as 11-year-olds following their participation in a school production of “Alice in Wonderland,” and traces their decades of ups and downs—both personally and professionally—including hit records, concert tours, Grammy wins and the decision to go their separate ways at the height of their fame.
Although Simon and Garfunkel’s falling out and subsequent personal rivalries have been chronicled elsewhere, the show steers away from an in-depth look at the pair’s stormy relationship and instead focuses on the success of their collaboration.
The back-up band plays a significant role in bringing the beloved songs to life, as well as filling the stage with enthusiasm and a sense of the fun of recreating such classic tunes.
The audience was encouraged to clap along to the upbeat “Mrs. Robinson” and “The Boxer” and responded with cheers to the opening chords of “Bye Bye Love,” “The Sound of Silence,” and “Homeward Bound.” An encore brought the musicians back to the stage for a rousing rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
“The Simon and Garfunkel Story” is probably the most fun you can have in the city this weekend. It won’t be here for long, so don’t miss this gem!
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission.
“The Simon & Garfunkel Story” runs through February 1 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.