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Philip Murray Warson cast in The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Lyric Theatre

Tuesday, 23rd Jan 2018  

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Since September 2017 audiences at the Lyric Theatre have been treated to performances of another musical celebration in the form of The Simon & Garfunkel Story, which played on sporadic dates in the latter part of the year.

That continues in 2018, with the production continuing to appear on certain Mondays (the day of the week in which Thriller Live has a night off) and a new press release has revealed the identity of the performer set to portray Paul Simon.

Philip Murray Warson replaces Sam O’Hanlon as the titular singer songwriter, joining the ongoing Charles Blyth as Art Garfunkel. Together they help to craft a story that follows the rise of one of the 20th century’s most renowned music duos, demonstrating their career with albums like Bridge Over Troubled Water and progressing through to their break-up and reunions. Considering the fan base that follows the performers worldwide, it is easy to see why this has taken audiences by storm and why it continues to attract fans in London’s West End.

As it plays at the Lyric Theatre it also shows how the venue has become a key part of the West End’s jukebox musical landscape as it is the ongoing home of Thriller Live, which opened in 2009. It means that the appetite for these shows is only growing as both productions are also accompanied by the likes of Mamma Mia! Bat Out of Hell The Musical, Motown the Musical and, from March, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

Thriller Live is currently booking to Sunday 30th September 2018 and, pending further extensions, will likely celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2019. When it first opened, Michael Jackson was still alive and it was retooled following his death so that it has become one of the West End’s biggest success stories.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story joins it once again, playing at the Lyric Theatre on Mondays 22nd January 2018, 26th February 2018, 26th March 2018, 30th April 2018, 4th June 2018, 25th June 2018 and 23rd July 2018.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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