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Wednesday, March 11, 2020


(Photo by Christaan Kotze)


Here’s to You, The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook is currently on a national tour and will have a run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from March 19 to 29, 2020.

Fall in love with the music of Simon & Garfunkel all over again in this dynamic and uplifting musical journey through more than 20 of their classic hits. The familiar and chart-topping songs of the hit duo, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel will be performed by eight highly talented local singers.

Take a trip down memory lane with the solo hits of Paul Simon and Simon & Garfunkel including Bridge Over Troubled Water, Cecilia, The Sound of Silence, Scarborough Fair, You can call me Al, Mrs Robinson and the mega hit, Graceland. The show features fresh, yet faithful re-interpretations of Simon & Garfunkel`s evergreen songs, blending nostalgia and imagination, so that young can discover the magic of their music for the very first time and not-so-young will enjoy memories of the Simon & Garfunkel era.

Here’s to You was originally produced last year, making its debut at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre where the show enjoyed a sold-out season and rave reviews. The show then successfully toured Cape Town. “The response to the show was phenomenal, creating a high demand for tickets in both Johannesburg and Cape Town which resulted in return seasons this year,” says Jaco van Rensburg of VR Theatrical, the show’s producer. “I am delighted that we are performing in Durban where I am sure audiences will be not only be entertained but perhaps something in this songbook resonates closely with a time in their life - be it long ago, or just today.”

“I loved Here’s to You’s easy elegance and theatricality, it’s freshness involving a very talented cast of eight, all of whom sing beautifully and also handle various musical instruments, allowing the music, the Simon and Garfunkel poetry, to speak for itself,” says Durban arts and entertainment reviewer Billy Suter from SoSuter.

Journalist and arts critic for almost 50 years, Peter Feldman wrote on; “It's a low-key show, never over the top, with sensitive lighting patterns and a rare enthusiasm that bubbles from the performers and engulfs the audience. A commentary on the life of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel is left to a minimum because it's the music that really does all the talking.”

Here’s to You is performed by a stellar all-South African cast who also play musical instruments live in the show. Under the Musical Directorship of Wessel Odendaal, the cast is led by The Voice SA 2017 runner-up, Josh Ansley on guitar with Ashleigh Butcher playing guitar, ukulele and bass guitar; assistant Musical Director, Daniel Geddes on keyboards and guitar; South Korean-born music teacher Hanna So on piano, violin and cello;  Justin Swartz on cajon and percussion; Sanli Jooste on cello and Kwa Mashu-born Durbanite and top four finalist in Idols 2017, Phindile Dube (Dolphins by Starlight, Journey to Eternity) on percussion.

The highly talented creative team behind the show comprises of director, Timothy Le Roux; musical arrangements by Bryan Schimmel, Wessel Odendaal, Daniel Keith Geddes, Matthew Vlok and Jaco van Rensburg; scenic design by Nadine Minnaar; sound design by Fried Wilsenach and lighting design by Oliver Hauser.

Here’s to You runs in Durban from March 19 to 29 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Showtimes: No Monday shows. Weekdays and Saturdays 19h30. Saturdays and Sundays 15h00. Ticket prices:  Weekday performances: R185, R150. Weekend performances: R230, R180. Children 3 to 18 years:  R130

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