The Story Of Soho Cafe, In a Dave Stewart Musical
The artist is one of Soho Cafe’s most faithful customers and thinks that, although the coffee shop is quite small, “what goes on in there is as big as the world”. The musical stage that he’s been working on is called Bar Italia and Porridge and Ian La Frenais (The Likely Lads writer) are also involved in the project. The musical’s story is inspired by the Catholic Polledri Family, who first opened Bar Italia in London’s Italian area and it was thought as a catering spot for immigrants. The Polledri’s still run the cafe, at this day.
Aside from Bar Italia, Stewart also just finished writing another stage musical based on the film Ghost, which will be played in Manchester in March 2011.
The Soho Cafe seems to have had a quite colorful history, as it was crossed by celebrities like Rocky Marciano or Francis Ford Coppola and in the opening had guests like Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Later, the spot was used for one of Sade’s photoshoots for promoting Smooth operator, it was the theme of one of Pulp’s songs and appeared in the 1986 movie The Absolute Begginners, casting David Bowie. The Soho urban influence was clear, as among the customers there were mob members and the street fights in front of the cafe were notorious.11