We’ve heard from Dave Stewart on the progress of ’Bar Italia-The Musical’. Dave and his c0-writer Ian La Frenais (creator of Likely Lads/Porridge and Auf Weidershen Pet among others) are in the process of writing the piece and it’s based on the classic story of “La Familia”, centered around our little establishment in Frith Street, and their struggle to stay united.
Dave will be in London in March, ordering Cappuccino’s as usual whilst grilling us about more of the background of Bar Italia which was established in 1949 . He says the Musical moves through time and musical genres.
As well as this, Dave has the “Ghost- The Musical” opening in four weeks time at Manchester Opera House then in June at The Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End. Go to www.ghostthemusical.com for details.
Further to our blog on Ray Gelato earlier in the week, Ray has kindly sent us more details of the album launch which takes place upstairs at Ronnie Scotts on March 2nd, doors at 6pm. Of course, we look forward to seeing you for a cappucino in Bar Italia before you head over to Ronnies! Further info. here http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/570-ray-gelato-and-kai-hoffman-present-andquotswing-timeandquot-upstairs-in-ronnies-bar
It was good to see Bar Italia regular, actor Dougie Henshall in his new TV series ‘South Riding’ on BBC1 on Sunday. Dougie plays Joe Astell in the three part series which is based on the 1936 novel by Winifred Holtby . Perfect Sunday night telly! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1688606/
Band leader, singer and sax player Ray Gelato, who is a big friend of Bar Italia and Little Italy, came by recently to tell us of his new album ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’ featuring Kai Hoffman and Ray Gelato’s Giants which will be released on March 14th. A pleasure as always to see him, we highly recommend it. For more info. on the man and his music please check http://raygelato.com
Miss Cookie Monstar is the hostess at Nolitia our sister restaurant in Hertfordshire, on some of our Thursday events. Cookie has been on the BBC inside out programme, and is a very talented cabaret Drag queen around the UK.
Anyone who watched ‘This Is England ’86′ last year will remember the character of ‘Lol’ played by Vicky McLure, it was a standout performance. We’re pleased to say Vicky is a regular at Bar Italia, whenever she is in London. Always a pleasure to see her and we wish her all the best in her future roles
Bar owner Antony was recently interviewed by the West End Extra newspaper. Here it is in full…http://www.westendextra.com/news/2011/feb/xtra-diary-bar-italia-stirs-future
Sarah is a regular at Bar Italia and her book ‘When God Was A Rabbit’ is getting a lot of press. Heres a recent review…’WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT is an incredibly exciting debut from an extraordinary new voice in fiction. Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister’
We at Bar Italia wish Sarah all the best with the book
Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo joined Antony and his father Nino at our Nolita restaurant in Hertfordshire recently. Bookings for the Valentines Day celebrations are now being taken – please call us on 01707 644 858 for further information. www.nolitarestaurant.co.uk
We were delighted to have a Tony Christie photo shoot in Bar Italia late last year. It was all for his new album ‘Now’s The Time’ which is released by Acid Jazz on Monday 7th Feb. We were lucky enough to be sent a promo recently and it is a great collection of new songs, with Mr Christie in fine voice. Highly recommended!
The Bar Italia Scooter Club provided the ‘guard of honour’ on Tuesday night at the European Premiere of ‘Brighton Rock’, which stars Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough and Helen Mirren. The film is a ‘Modded Up’ re-make of the 1947 classic which starred a very young Richard Attenborough. The Bar Italia Scooter Club meet at the Bar on Sunday evenings at 5pm. newuntouchables.ning.com/group/baritaliascooterclub
Two of our long time regulars in Bar Italia, Paolo Hewitt and Mark Baxter, are currently having their book The Mumper turned into a feature film starring amongst others Bob Hoskins, Jenny Agutter and Phil Davis. Bravo chaps!