It’s simple: Simon.
Paul Simon’s music is celebrated in “The Sounds of Simon,” an original musical by the local theater impresario Gary Waldman. It’s running through July 28 August 4 at the Studio Theater of Mizner Park in Boca Raton.
Like the 12-time Grammy winner it centers on, the show has a storied history. The show first opened in 2005, when it was more of a revue, at Waldman’s Atlantis Playhouse in the Boynton Beach. Two years later, it played Pensacola, and in 2008, it had a brief run at the 26th Street Theatre in Wilton Manors.
“It’s such a good show,” Waldman says. “But I needed to stop just restaging it. … Instead, I totally reconceived the show. I doubled the cast size. My producing partner, Jamison Troutman, came in and saw a rehearsal and said, ‘I never saw this show before.’ “
Waldman says the show is now a proper musical with a narrative told by a male lead, four principal actors and six dancers.
“They aren’t musical dancers. They are dancer dancers,” he says. “They serve as a Greek chorus for some of the dramatic ballads.”
Adding drama is the main change in the show, Waldman says.
“Now there are characters … people with a story to tell,” he explains. “It’s more of a pop-rock opera. It’s not a revue. We use his lyrics to drive the story along.”
Waldman confesses that he has been a “Simon and Garfunkle addict my entire life. As an adult, I started paying more attention to the lyrics, and I became fascinated with how good a poet Paul Simon is. He’s probably a better poet than he is a musician.”
“The Sounds of Simon” is at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real, in Boca Raton. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $35. Call 561-600-0495 or go to SoundsOfSimon.com.Copyright © 2015, South Florida