London’s hottest new sing-along musical theatre piano bar OVERTURES has now opened its doors, just fifty yards from Marble Arch. Whether you sip cocktails, savour wine or love a beer, whether you are a discerning show-tunes aficionado or just want a drink, everyone is invited to enjoy the uplifting, magical feeling of musicals in this fun-filled and unique bar.
Located in the basement of LGBTQ pub, the City of Quebec, OVERTURES is London’s answer to the renowned Marie’s Crisis Café in New York. The evenings are unplugged and spontaneous – it’s just the crowd, the piano, the pianist and the showtunes. There’s no set list, no stage, no microphone and no shooshing. Everyone’s welcome to sing their heart out – or just stand and enjoy the musical mavens. It’s riotous and rambunctious and welcomes all ages, all sexual orientations, all backgrounds and all singing levels.
Songs on offer range from popular classics – such as Les Misérables, Wicked, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Grease – to the cult showtunes from Stephen Sondheim’s musicals and everything in between.
Similarly to its New York relation, walking into OVERTURES is like stepping back in time where people come together and gather nightly round the keys. Spot a musical theatre celebrity relaxing after their show. Grab a traditional New York style cocktail and take a pew. But, most importantly, sing! Be one voice in a big crowd singing in unison.
Founder Ray Rackham comments, “We never anticipated the hunger of the general public of London, in needing a place to sing out loud until the wee small hours. London welcomed this very New York institution with open arms, and I am delighted the pub and its clientele have entrusted my team to establish a singalong presence permanently in the heart of London.”
OVERTURES will feature regular guest appearances from the famed pianists and singing bar tenders from Marie’s Crisis Café and will also showcase homegrown talent in one, big, showtune singing family.
OVERTURES is at 12 Old Quebec Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 7AF.