Saturday, November 22, 2014

Update on some of Skip's shows


There's an Amazon listing for Skip's (and Ellen's and Tom's) show HERRINGBONE - starring BD Wong and directed by Roger Rees - which says it will be released by Yellow Sound Label on December 2.

I think this link should work:

And here's the BroadwayWorld article on the HERRINGBONE CD release


Information on the musical VIVA MAX! (based on the novel by Jim Lehrer, book by Julie Miller & Fred Landau, music & lyrics by Skip Kennon) is here:

Info on TANGLED WEBS (book by Bill Connington, music by Skip Kennon, lyrics by Ellen M. Schwartz, adapted from the short story "WebCast" by Fred Landau) - including links to synopsis and sound clips - is at:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Since it sounds like it's the holiday season already in the TV ads

If you're looking for holiday songs to perform or just listen to:

Here's an original song "In The Season We Love"(sung by Jan Horvath)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oyosuNj1jE


For any holiday travel - our FLY ME IN THE NUDE airline scanner spoof [at 44,000 views now]

BEYONCE parody - "KRINGLE LADIES (Put 5 Golden Rings On It)" - parody sung by Leenya Rideout 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxPxWRC6AWk

And a non-parody ballad "Another Christmas" (which somehow happily got 40,000 views)
[It has an ad on it, I'm not sure how to by-pass the ad]

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It was an amazing MITF ceremony last night - thoughts right after the big show, and it was a big show!

These are my thoughts immediately after the show.  I may revise these later if my perspective changes


The thing that I’d been told to get ready for (since our show had a real chance of winning in the Outstanding Actress category, but not really in the three others where we were nominated) but still was surprised and overwhelmed by, was the amazing joy of  having created a “star vehicle” and have the star of that vehicle get the Outstanding Actress award in a tremendously competitive category.  

The gifted Jennifer Pace had come in eight days before opening with the imaginative and resourceful  director (and dramaturg) Michael Kirk Lane after the actress who playing “Bette” in our show got too sick to do a show with so much solo singing.   Jennifer was aided in getting her performance together so quickly by her own and Michael's abilities, and by the extraordinary musician Clare Cooper, who would,  I’m sure, have gotten a nomination had there been a supporting actress or a music direction category in that division.  (And by luck, our technical director Terry Prideaux, who had kept things running smoothly back in February and March, happened to be the one presenting that category.)

A chat friend who gets to the point asked if it was as good as the show overall getting one of the other nominated awards?  As I told him, I’ll never know that, but Jennifer’s win as Best Actress at that moment felt like a win for our whole company of five. 

And some more praise for the MITF - it was quite a ceremony! The MITF really ran it like a real awards show, which of course it was - even going over the time limit to the extent that the marvelous producer John Chatterton complimented those who stayed to the end for their endurance, LOL!  The awards our show was up for were all in the first half, and while the writing and production awards went (as the buzz expected) to John Frida’s stellarly ambitious Alien Adventure, it was a thrill to hear us in the nominations alongside so much work that I’d admired in the festival.

(I'm trying to figure out how to put parts of the video we made online, but so far, no luck.)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical" was nominated for 4 awards by Midtown Int'l Theatre Festival



We were thrilled to be part of the Midwinter 2014 festival, and now excited to hear we were nominated for four of the Midtown International Theatre Festival's awards.  These are the categories in which our show was nominated.  The complete list of nominees in all categories is at http://midtownfestival.org/
from the 2014 Midwinter Madness Awards Nominees
Outstanding Production of Play or Musical
Alien Adventure, the Adventure
The Dooples in the Land of Doo

I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical: A Parody Chat with Bette Midler

Nosce Te Ipsum

Theme Night
Outstanding New Script/Playwright, Book, Music & Lyrics for a Play or Musical 

John Frida & Eren T. Gibson, Alien Adventure, the Adventure

Fred Landau, I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical: A Parody Chat with Bette Midler

Joshua R. Pangborn, Nosce Te Ipsum

Emily Rose, Confessions of a Rabbi’s Daughter

Fredric Sinclair, Provincetown
Outstanding Actress in a Play or Musical 

Jennifer Pace, I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical

Kathryn Neville Browne, Another One Darling

Justine Hall, Coming Home

Marjorie Conn, Lizzie Borden's Party

C. Niambi Steele, That L-Word
Outstanding Marketing/Producer for a
Play or Musical

I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical

That L-Word

I’m Sorry

The Dooples in the Land of Doo

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Excited by upcoming shows by Stevie Wonder and Hugh Jackman - but can't help kidding the pricing! (season preview #2)



"Sir Duke" parody - Stevie Wonder tour pricing and concert seating 
parody  (2nd in a series) - parody sung by Sheree Sano
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCl_-xMJE6w


And with Hugh Jackman coming back to Broadway
in "The River" -


To celebrate:  updating "I Raid My Keogh" (from when he did his 
one-man show) to tune of "I Go To Rio" (parody sung by Jan Horvath) 




The book 21ST CENTURY OLDIES: PARODY LYRICS FROM A TO B
is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014-15 parody season preview




2014-15 diva parody preview - DON'T TELL MAMA & THE BODYGUARD parodies

Parody-tribute to Emma Stone
CABARET / GO TELL EMMA  - "Don't Tell Mama" parody

THE BODYGUARD parody-tribute to Heather Headley 
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" parody


Any problems with the parodies?  Don't tell YouTube, just write to me at dylan43rd at aol.com or here at the music and comedy blog.



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

OUR LOOK BACK AT FIVE YEARS OF THEATER EVENTS THROUGH YOUTUBE VIDEOS:


OUR LOOK BACK AT FIVE YEARS OF THEATER EVENTS THROUGH YOUTUBE VIDEOS:  

THE CAST OF "HAIR" INVADING THE AUDIENCE 
WE WERE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE DISROBING IN TWYLA THARP'S SINATRA SHOW "COME FLY AWAY" - HERE'S "FLY ME IN THE NUDE"
ADDITION OF SONGS TO “PROMISES PROMISES” TO LENGTHEN KRISTIN'S PART 
- Affectionate Kristin parody, of “I Say A Little Prayer”
OUR MINI-MUSICAL "A LITTLE SITE MUSIC, OR EVERY DAY A LITTLE NET" - 
ACT ONE is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2mMKTJhdMc  sung by Jan Horvath
EVERYONE WAS DOING ADDAMS FAMILY THEME SONG PARODIES, EVEN THE WASHINGTON POST CRITIC - So we did a snap-along John & Abigail Adams Family Theme ("1776" mash-up)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bUcJKIYFyw
CAN NEVER EVER GET ENOUGH OF THE GREAT ELAINE STRITCH, so we wondered (to a parody of ZIP! called SIT!)  how she copes sitting for eight performances a week, three hours at a clip – as she strives to be the very best Mme. Armfeldt ever; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXbEVQKSPo0
As the Henry Miller Theatre is re-named for the great Stephen Sondheim, 
we speculated on Henry Miller’s ghost reconciling himself with the name change
LOSING MY SIGN, parody of LOSING MY MIND from FOLLIES
Al Pacino’s transfer to Broadway was big box office, the producers trying to get him to extend
SHYLOCK, a parody of SKYLARK  
SPEED THE PLOW, JEREMY PIVEN (the prevailing mood before he was cleared by Equity) 
 

 


And some others (these videos were often more quickly done, though) mostly from later in the period:
I’D RATHER A JEW – Funny Girl casting
The pricing at Carrie Fisher’s WISHFUL DRINKING
Parody of “King of Wishful Thinking”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S4STdq9KtU
Roles for Betty White #1:  “Great Auntie Mame”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ados3loEZBs
Roles for Betty White #2: “Much Older Sally”- IN BETTYS EYES
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rYtD0aXwVo   (feat. Mary Jay singing "Betty White") 
Parody of WHAT I DID FOR LOVE (KISS THE DOUGH GOODBYE)
WHAT I DID GOT SNUBBED - writer's anthem: Kleban parody 

CABARET CORNER
"Piaf" -  postage stamp dedication, a parody of LA VIE EN ROSE  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5Z6iz4jPsw

PETULA'S HIGH-PRICED APPEARANCE AT FEINSTEIN's
TRY EATING AT SUBWAY, DARLING!

A Liza Christmas tribute by way of Beyonce -
ALL THE KRINGLE LADIES:  PUT FIVE GOLDEN RINGS ON IT,