Love a good show tune? Ever fantasised about leaning over a piano in a smoky bar and belting out one of your favourite musical hits to rapturous applause? Hold on to your martini, because you might just have your chance.
Sing Out, Louise is overtaking Oxford Street’s Polo Lounge, the event invites the public to gather around the piano for an old fashioned sing-a-long.
“The beauty of this night is that people who would never normally sing in public can get involved…because it’s unamplified and there’s not a stage, you don’t feel on the spot so much,” explained event organiser, Gary Nunn. “Anyone that loves musical theatre, anyone that knows the lyrics…and remembers the verses is particularly welcome…”
“I was inspired from my first ever trip to New York, I went to a piano bar called Marie’s Crisis, and it’s the most unique bar I’ve ever been to in the world… instead of everyone sort of sitting around passively watching someone else perform, everyone gets a chance to perform.”
Ensuring that the magic will be effectively recreated, Kenney Green will be specially flying out from New York – the talented musical theatre actor and director regularly mans the piano at Marie’s Crisis.
“Kenney’s one of those New Yorkers who is very charismatic, he can get a whole room singing without a single microphone and just raise the roof,” Nunn enthused.
If you’re a die-hard Les Mis fan, a Little Shop of Horrors freak, or anywhere in between – this opportunity is not to be missed. With a little bit of luck, Sing Out will become a quarterly occasion. (AM)
Oct 22, 8pm-2am. The Polo Lounge, upstairs at the Oxford Hotel, 134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. Free entry (but you’re invited to tip the piano player!). Info: www.facebook.com/singoutlou