THREE members of the same family stepped into the shoes of the bothers Gibb, one of the greatest performing acts of all time, at the 'Royal' as Sunday nights are proving that it's a waste of time staying in to watch the box, writes Paul Thomas.
On one of the hottest days of the year so far, it was even hotter at the Theatre Royal Windsor as The Simmons boys became the Bee Gees for their Jive Talkin' concert.
A brilliant set full of disco neon lights and a big glitter ball, these boys are just the embodiment of the band that stayed high in the charts for four decades and became a byword for the disco generation.
From the moment they came on to You Should be Dancing to the encore of Tragedy this group fizzed with high octane vocals or empathetic love songs set to break your heart.
Gary Simmons as Barry on vocals and acoustic guitar had the high contralto voice off to the tee, leading the boys through a list of hits, including Nigh Fever, Too Much Heaven, How Deep is your Love, Stayin' Alive, I've Got to Get a Message To You, Islands in the Stream, More than a Woman, To Love Somebody, Nights on Broadway and many, many more.
This show was two hours of cheering, dancing, clapping, with a sell-out audience singing along to every song.
Gary is the real-life brother of Darren who plays Maurice Gibb and uncle of Jack who plays Robin Gibb. 
Gary has been working on stage and screen since the age of 11 years old. 
He has taken the leading roles in West-End Musicals and starred in a Film for TV called Haunters of the Deep. He has been performing the Bee Gees music professionally with his brother Darren for over 25 years before they launched the Jive Talkin' theatre show in 2008.
Jack Simmons as Robin, joined the production in 2013 and is the son of Darren who plays Maurice in the show. As well as being a stunning Robin sound-a-like, he also writes his own music and performs them with his band The Streetcars. Having grown up harmonising with his father and uncle to the Bee Gees music, it was simply a case of waiting for him to come of age before he could complete the family oriented line-up and complete a truly spellbinding harmony blend.
Darren as Maurice is the father of Jack and brother of Gary and is one of the founding members of the band. He has been performing the Bee Gees music professionally since 1988 and has performed on many TV shows and Radio stations in that time – including a session where he and his brother Gary performed with the real Bee Gees. 
Graeme Foy is their sensational lead guitar player that has been with the Jive Talkin' theatre show since it launched in 2008. He is an accomplished player that is in demand up and down the country. Throughout his career he has toured with many leading tribute shows. He is also an experienced sound technician and manages Jive Talkin' in sound and technical matters. 
At a massive 6ft 8ins, his presence was dominant.
Miguel Andrews is an exceptional young drummer and the newest addition to the Jive Talkin' line-up. Although he had worked with Jive Talkin' many times in the past, he finally came on-board as the full-time drummer in 2014. His drumming style was smooth, clean and tight and is ideally suited to the Bee Gees music.
Ruth Howell is the real-life wife of Chris and plays Violin in Jive Talkin's string section. She has been with the production since it launched in 2008 and is kept very busy in the show as – together with her cello-playing husband Chris – they are tasked with reproducing the heavily orchestrated music of the Bee Gees in their 60s period and the tight disco strings of their 70s period. 
This was a superb night out. The 'Royal' really is standing out as the Sunday night place to be with some of the best tribute acts around.
What a Sunday sizzler, you should have been dancing!
Next up are the ELO Encounter on May 6, Mad About the Movies on May 13, and The Bob Dylan Story on May 20.
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