The art of be­ing Gar­funkel

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Kaylee Martin

WHEN in­ter­na­tional acts tour Down Un­der, most artists are keen to catch a glimpse of a kan­ga­roo or hug a koala.

But English born singer and stage per­former Joe Ster­ling has other plans.

Af­ter be­ing cast in the ac­claimed pro­duc­tion The Si­mon & Gar­funkel Story along­side theatre vet­eran Gre­gory Clark, the 24-year-old is gear­ing up to bring his ver­sion of Art Gar­funkel to Aus­tralian stages.

While Ster­ling said he was ex­cited to bring the show here, the self-con­fessed soapie lover ad­mit­ted he was also itch­ing to go be­hind the scenes at his favourite TV show.

“I’m not re­ally sure about the other lads but I’m a huge fan of Neigh­bours, so I’d love to go visit the set and take a tour though Ram­sey Street,” he said.

Hav­ing trav­elled with the show through­out Europe, the UK and South Africa for the past year, Ster­ling said he was con­stantly amazed by au­di­ences’ strong re­ac­tions to Si­mon & Gar­funkel.

The pro­duc­tion mixes strik­ing vis­ual aids and mu­sic to tell the tale of how two young boys from Queens, New York, went on to be­come the world’s most successful mu­si­cal duo.

“I’ve heard the show de­scribed as a mu­si­cal doc­u­men­tary, which I think is quite a good way to ex­plain it,” Ster­ling said.

Ster­ling grew up in the 1990s and missed Si­mon & Gar­funkel at the height of their fame, but the pow­er­ful duo still had an im­pact on his youth.

“My mum is a very big fan; I re­mem­ber we used to lis­ten to it in the car on the way to school most days,” he said.

Joe Ster­ling as Art Gar­funkel and Gre­gory Clarke as Paul Si­mon.

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