Three is the magic number as Sunderland Empire gears up to stage a trio of one-night music spectaculars next month – and you could be there for free.
The Simon and Garfunkel Story will be staged on January 11, Abba Mania on January 16 and One Night of Elvis on January 23, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to each show.
It’s been 50 years since the most successful folk/rock duo of all time recorded their first No1 hit single The Sound of Silence.
Following its West End success at the Leicester Square Theatre earlier this year, The Simon and Garfunkel Story has become the biggest touring theatre show that celebrates the lives and career of Simon and Garfunkel.
Featuring seasoned West End, award-winning leading man Dean Elliott, who played Buddy Holly in Buddy – The Musical, and a full cast of talented actor-musicians, The Simon and Garfunkel Story takes you 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 their massive success, dramatic break-up and finishing with a recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert.
Using a huge projection screen, the show features 1960s photos and film footage while a full live band perform all their hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound, Sound of Silence and more.
The following week, Abba Mania will hit Sunderland.
Touring Abba tribute concert Abba Mania formed in 1999 and the show has been selling out theatres and concert halls internationally ever since.
This show has toured the world in its quest to bring the music of the Swedish supergroup to their millions of fans, old and new.
Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid, collectively known as Abba, dominated the charts for nearly 10 years and enjoyed nine UK number 1 hits.
At their height they became Sweden’s highest export earners, amazingly, outselling Volvo cars.
In the early eighties, they decided to go their separate ways, but their music lives on. Abba Gold was continuously in the Album Charts throughout the nineties and is one of the biggest selling albums ever.
The show gives people the chance to hear and see Abba’s greatest hits performed live including Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, The Winner Takes it All, Super Trouper, Fernando, Take A Chance On Me and more.
Later in January, Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute act, Lee Memphis King, returns with a new show for 2016.
Celebrating the unrivalled career of this musical legend, Lee Memphis King recreates the essence of Elvis Presley: The 68 Comeback Special and The Vegas Years.
Over the last eight years as Lee has toured his One Night of Elvis, he has played to over a million fans and has headlined and sold out some of the most prestigious venues across the UK and Europe.
In this latest production, Lee Memphis King portrays Elvis Presley at his peak. Resplendent in the most authentic costumes from Elvis’s performances, he’s backed by a world class orchestra and large screen projection.
The first half of the show opens with a tribute to the most iconic TV music production in music history, The 68 Comeback Special. Hound Dog, Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel are all recreated in the reproduction of the TV special.
The second half of the show is dedicated entirely to the Vegas Years when Elvis would perform in Las Vegas and tour throughout the US and Canada.
•For tickets to the shows Tel. 0844 871 3022 or visit www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland.
•We’ve teamed up with Sunderland Empire to give away a pair of tickets to each of the shows. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: where did Abba hail from?
Email your answer, choice of show and contact details to Katy.Wheeler@jpress.co.uk
Closing date: December 17.