Music Review: Here’s To You – The Simon And Garfunkel Songbook, Or Keeping The Customers Satisfied


Bruce Dennill

Writer. Reader. Singer. Songwriter. Believer. Likes to learn.

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Bruce Dennill


Here’s To You: The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook / Musical direction by Wessel Odendaal / Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg

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The timeless music of Paul Simon (in a solo capacity) and Simon & Garfunkel both deserves and can withstand as many tributes as other artists are willing to give it, and this new production gives a fresh spin to both standards and relatively obscure compositions.

There are some interesting choices in terms of the way the show is put together. The set and costumes suggest an environment in which the expectation would be the playing of country music rather than the elegant folk-pop or stripped-down traditional songs Simon and Garfunkel made so memorable. Excellent lighting design means the environment would make a striking setting for an MTV Unplugged-style performance, but this production involves a good deal more choreography, with the eight-strong cast moving risers, wooden chests and an upright piano…

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