A week of wonderful one-nighters awaits, three must-see shows arriving at The Alexandra, Birmingham w/c 4 July 2022:
THE SIMON AND GARFUNKEL STORY AT THE ALEXANDRA BIRMINGHAM WEDNESDAY 6 JULY
Direct from a weeklong run in London’s West End at the Vaudeville Theatre and performing to sold out audiences in over 50 countries worldwide, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back. This show is currently the biggest and the most successful theatre show celebrating the lives and career of folk/rock sensation Simon and Garfunkel.
Featuring a full cast of talented West End actor- musicians, their performance will take audiences back through the Groovy times of the 1960s. It tells the story of both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their humble beginnings as Rock n Roll duo ‘Tom and Jerry’, right through to their massive success, dramatic break-up and finishing with a stunning recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert.
Using a huge projection screen, the show features 1960s photos and film footage whilst a full live band perform all their hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, Sound of Silence and many more. With every performance, from Sydney to Seattle leading to a standing ovation, this is an evening not to be missed!
- “For once, you can really believe the hype” – British Theatre Guide
- “As close to the real thing as it’s possible to get” – The Daily Express
- “A nostalgia fest” – Mail on Sunday
- “Amazing” – Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2
- “Authentic and exciting” – The Stage
- “A real treat” – The Metro
- “Spine tingling harmonies” – The Daily Record
Show: The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Dates: 6 July 2022
Show social media channels:
Instagram: @ thesimonandgarfunkelstory
MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA: A CELEBRATION OF GLADYS KNIGHT
AT THE ALEXANDRA BIRMINGHAM ON THURSDAY 7 JULY
Born in Georgia in 1944, the iconic Gladys Knight began singing with her siblings at age 8. The group opened for many R&B legends in the 1950s before heading to Motown. In 1996, Gladys Knight & the Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2007, Gladys Knight received the Society of Singers ELLA Award at which time she was declared the ‘Empress of Soul’ and is currently listed on Rolling Stone’s list of the Greatest Singers of All Time.
Capturing the essence of the Multi Award Winning Ms Gladys Knight, Hayley Ria Christian emulates the true magic that the Empress of Soul delivers on stage. The production features hit songs including ‘Baby Don’t Change Your Mind’, ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’, ‘Try to Remember/The Way We Were’, ‘Part Time Love’, ‘Licence To Kill’, ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ and signature tune… ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’.
This production is a faithful portrayal that truly pays homage to the voice of a generation…the one and only…empress of soul…Ms Gladys Knight.
- “Simply one of the most high-quality productions and portrayals I have seen” Mark Ritchie, UK Cabaret Magazine
Show: Gladys; Midnight Train to Georgia
Dates: 7 July 2022
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BARRY STEELE AND FRIENDS; THE ROY ORBISON & TRAVELING WILBURYS STORY AT THE ALEXANDRA BIRMINGHAM ON SUNDAY 10 JULY
In 1963 Roy Orbison performed for the first time, at The Adelphi in Slough and in 1988 Roy Orbison joined ‘The Traveling Wilburys.’ In December 2018, Barry Steele performed at The Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End and Barry Steele and Friends, the whole cast, comes together to create an incredible fusion of rock n roll as they truly capture the essence of this original super group.
In 2017 Roy Orbison classics were premastered by The Philharmonic orchestra. Barry Steele and Friends proudly presents their versions of these masterpieces. In 2019, thanks to the wonders of technology Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly shared the stage as the worldwide Hologram tour. This year, Barry Sttele, the UK’s own ‘brown eyed handsome man’ joins the show at many venues.
Chris Isaak collected many awards on behalf of The Orbison family and he also recorded many of Roy Orbison’s songs. In Barry Steele and Friends, the compliment is returned with stunning versions of global smash hits Blue Hotel and Wicked Game. Barry Steele and a fabulous cast of musicians and singers will take you on a musical journey from ‘The Black and White Night’ right through to the Traveling Wilburys and beyond with so much more in between. They promise they’ll have you dancing in those aisles, in an evening jam packed with solid gold hits. Rock n roll with style.
- “True identikit brilliance” The Stage
Show: Barry Steele and Friends; The Roy Orbison Story
Dates: 10 July 2022
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Birmingham’s beloved theatre, The Alexandra, was built in 1901 by William Coutts and throughout its vast history, has become home to first class entertainment. Located in the heart of the city, the theatre welcomes hundreds of performances each year. In 2018, the venue underwent an extensive refurbishment and reverted to its original name, The Alexandra. The theatre is a valuable contributor to culture within Birmingham and the West Midlands, presenting a programme of world class theatre including West End musicals, drama, comedy and more. The Alexandra is part of the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). A world leader in live entertainment, ATG is the world’s number one live theatre company, covering every discipline in the industry, operating venues, running major ticketing platforms and producing award-winning shows.