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And here's to "The Simon & Garfunkel Story" at the Fox Theatre

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Though his parents played plenty of James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Dan Fogelberg and other iconic singer-songwriters when he was growing up in northern Virginia, Taylor Bloom "knew probably a handful" of Simon & Garfunkel songs when he was cast in "The Simon & Garfunkel Story" nearly three years ago.

Suffice to say that's changed now.

Bloom, 24, portrays Paul Simon in the production, which tells the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo's tale from growing up together in Queens, N.Y., and recording first as Tom & Jerry before scoring four consecutive multiplatinum albums during the 60s, along with No. 1 hits such as "The Sounds of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" before their acrimonious split in 1970. The show concludes with Simon & Garfunkel's triumphant 1981 reunion concert in New York's Central Park and avoids the drama of the past couple of decades.

"We take the audience on a trip through their career," says Bloom, who co-stars with Ben Cooley as Art Garfunkel. "It's primarily music and visual. There are a few moments where in-between songs Ben and I will step out of character and talk directly to the audience about what was happening in each of their lives." He adds that the two try to communicate Simon and Garfunkel's changing relationship through physical nuances.

"We try to allow the performances of the songs, and the way we do them, to show that," explains Bloom, who learned to play guitar from an older brother and studied theater at the Shenandoah Conservatory. "It's sort of evident their later performing style is different from the early performing style."

Bloom is hoping the Simon & Garfunkel role "will lead to a lot of other stuff," but for now he's happy to inhabit Simon's character and listen to audiences sing along to a legendary body of music.

"I've learned a lot about them as a duo, and all about Paul Simon in my research," Bloom says. "And I've become familiar with this canon of music that happens to be music I just love. I wouldn't be able to do the show as happily if I didn't adore the music."

"The Simon & Garfunkel Story" plays at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets $30 and up; 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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