Friday, March 28, 2014

In honor of Florida's Poetry Month


Salute to where I've usually stayed with my brother and sister-in-law in Miami - 
Aventura, Florida 

IN HONOR OF FLORIDA POETRY MONTH
(parody of Carolina in the Morning)

AN AVENTURA, FLORIDA SALUTE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANyfsgkW_kg

Saturday, March 22, 2014

For March madness, our annual parody of "One Shining Moment"

I haven’t read the John Wooden bio reviewed on yesterday's Podcast in the NY Times yet (as well as today's Book review), but the book sounds almost unreal in describing a long life absent any revelatory scandal anywhere. Tune of “One Shining Moment” Your book is sold – yes, here it is You spent years of your life, in researching his
 And all the years, now you share Just how hard you worked, but will we care? We want one blinding moment, a flash of bright light You need one blinding moment, to make the book right (Sell what you write) His life was good, his life was long The story’s well thought out, but something’s wrong It needs a little juice - some scandal, too But really what’s the use – there’s not much new It needs one frigging moment, where he’s not a saint One digging moment, but that’s what there ain’t Find some pulse in his tale Any dirt to reveal It helps when onsale To have scandal appeal Just one blinding moment, to entice CNN One blinding moment, let’s say it again It’s one grinding moment, one after the next One grinding moment, our ad guy’s perplexed One freaking moment, for talk show appeal One blinding moment, this guy was unreal (repeat to fade)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Linking to some of the original songs on my YouTube channel

Doing the show at John Chatterton's Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival was a very worthwhile experience, a bit daunting when a new star had to step in eight days before the first performance, but the show had to go on - and it seemed to have come off really well.

Since people at the show and festival asked whether I was doing parody instead of original songs, and why not do lyrics to new music:

here's a link (via a YouTube search) to some of my non-parody material on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22by+fred+landau%22+%22orig.+song%22&search_sort=video_view_count

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Info & our opening night program - I Never Miss A Larry Kramer Musical - A Parody Chat with "Bette Midler"



From Hi Drama theater review outlet - this was our first review from this run:
Hi! Drama     https://www.facebook.com/hidramas?ref=stream 

EVA HEINEMANN REVIEWS
I NEVER MISS A LARRY KRAMER MUSICAL: a PARODY CHAT WITH BETTE MIDLER
Written by Fred Landau
Director/Dramaturg: Michael Kirk Lane
Music Director : Clare Cooper


Fred Landau is a latter day Alan Sherman. He takes familiar music and adds his own biting wit to the re-conceived lyrics.

If you are unfamiliar with him you can find his Parodies on You Tube or his book 21st Century Oldies (Parody Lyrics from A to B) Volume One.

In this case he takes on Bette Midler played with brassy charm by Jennifer Pace who anxiously awaits with Jo (Clare Cooper on the piano) for the Tony Nominations where she ends up being blatantly snubbed.

The songs to tell of her woe are "The Boogie Woogie Broad Whose name begins with a B" How well her show is doing despite not being a musical in "The Gross" (The Rose) and the Wind Beneath My Wings becomes an anthem of disgust as "They make the blood boil beneath my skin."

Other songs utilized were "From a Distance and "Quarter to Three" among others and you will just have to see this fun silly delightful over too soon show.

The only thing I didn't get was the title because Larry Kramer has nothing to do with this as far as I can tell.

Jennifer Pace is a consummate performer and can really belt out those songs.

Performances:

at Roy Arias Studios: Stage II
300 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor
 



I NEVER MISS A LARRY KRAMER MUSICAL:
A Parody Chat with “Bette Midler"

Bette --------------Jennifer Pace
 Jo ------------------Clare Cooper

Written by Fred Landau
Director/Dramaturg: Michael Kirk Lane
Musical director Clare Cooper
                                                       Stage manager Terry Prideaux



JENNIFER PACE  is an actress and singer who has performed in numerous venues.   She can be found in cabaret/piano bar scene weekly and recently appeared as  Pattie in Smokey Joe's Cafe and as Vickie in The Full Monty, as well as performing in Mexico at the Hard Rock  Resort. Bistro award winner for piano bar entertainer and received multiple MAC nominations for cabaret shows and piano bar entertainer. She can be seen at Brandy's every Monday and Wednesday. A graduate of NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing, Ms. Pace comes from a family of professional musicians - clarinet great Sal Pace, and she has two albums of standards  recorded with her father, Gary Pace. Having performed all over this land in clubs, piano bars and theaters, Jennifer is currently working on a Beatles and a Billy Joel show as well as a new cd of the American Songbook.  Stay tuned.
http://brandyspianobar.com/Performers/jennifer_pace.html

CLARE COOPER is a singer/songwriter/keyboardist from New York City who
performs as a solo artist, band member and musical director. A graduate
of Berklee College of Music, she has won songwriting awards including
the Songwriter's Guild of America President's Award and the Abe Olman
Scholarship, and has performed in songwriter events for BMI, NARAS and
the Songwriter's Guild of America.  She can be seen regularly at the
Rodeo Bar with Miss Babs & The Kickin' Boogie Band, and behind the
piano at Don't Tell Mama.  In addition to two CDs of original material
("Northern Drive" and "Valentine"), she is the composer of musical
comedy "How To Marry A Divorced Man."  Clare has been musical director
for "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding," "Sometimes Over The Summer," "Hot
Flashes," "Jaws! The Musical" and assistant musical director for
"Memphis."  TV appearances include "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and
AMC’s “Into Character.”
http://clarecooper.com/Welcome.html





MICHAEL KIRK LANE Michael Kirk Lane is thrilled to be working with his dear friends Jennifer and Clare on this fun project. He  has worked extensively in the teaching artist realm with such companies as Wingspan Arts, Rosie's Theatre Kids and Theatre Development Fund ; as well as the nationally recognized Flint Youth Theatre.  He is a two time Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award nominee, in 2013 for  Piano Bar Singing Entertainer and  in 2011 as producer and host of the critically acclaimed open mic The Show Tune Room. Lane is Associate Producer for No Strings USA, a not-for-profit producer of educational and informational puppet films for children in the developing world. Recent NYC performing credits include readings  of Apathy: the Gen-X Musical, How To Marry a Divorced Man, Hell's Belles, The Red Spot Rebellion  and The Legend of Sunshine.  Favorite credits include: Puppeteer, The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks; Huck, Big River; Jimmy, Millie; Horton, Seussical, and Simon Stimson, Our Town. Lane holds a BA from Siena Heights University.
www.michaelkirklane.com


FRED LANDAU's work from the musical ACROSS STATE LINES got him a Finalist slot in the 2010 Fred Ebb Award competition for theater writing. He wrote book for THE LAST STARFIGHTER (songs by Skip Kennon, debuted at Storm Theatre; NYMF); also book/score for THE HAPPIEST OF TIMES (Triangle Theater, workshops BMI, ASCAP, Circle Rep). He was a speaker at Seattle’s Village Theatre on the Movies to Musicals trend.  His YouTube parody work was excerpted on Jeanne Moos reports on CNN (American Morning, AC360, Situation Room).  Fred graduated from Harvard Law School & has a masters from NYU Law School. Current musical projects include VIVA MAX!, co-author of a musical (with collaborators Julie Miller and Skip Kennon) based on Jim Lehrer's novel, about a Mexican General re-taking the Alamo in the politically charged 1960’s; and THEATER CHATTER, an irreverent musical kidding the Riedel-Haskins Theater Talk series.  His book “21st century Oldies” is available on Amazon, and actually hit the overall Amazon top 100 for humor-parody twice in fall 2013.  His tribute to the new Sondheim Theatre (“Losing My Sign”) was included in the NYU Patell and Waterman History of New York course materials.  Economics Prof. David Albrecht, who reports on economics in pop culture, named Fred’s AIG spoofs #2 and #9 in the professor’s Top Ten Bailout Parodies rundown.


TERRY PRIDEAUX (Stage Manager) is excited to be working with the talented 
cast & crew of I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical (A Parody Chat with Bette Midler)
Terry’s recent credits include: John Chattertons Short Play Lab, Mid Winter Madness 
2013, Honestly Abe, Testo Genius, Dante the Motion Picture, The Ninth Circus of Hell, 
Turtle Love Song, Naseah’s Street, The Party Continued, The Giving Spirit, Avoid 
Direct Sunlight, and Iphigenia in Tauris. Terry has toured nationally with Disney, 
& Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus. He is a graduate of The Art Institutes 
of Seattle & NYC with an Associates Degree in Visual Communications (2001) and 
Web Design (2009). He is also a published photographer.



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Script as of now for "I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical"


“I NEVER MISS A LARRY KRAMER MUSICAL”  
(2-22-2014)
a Parody chat with "Bette Midler"  

Since the work we did changed a bit, I took down the script once performances were done.  Just contact me at aol address dylan43rd if you want a pdf copy.                       
                                  

Monday, January 27, 2014

HOLLYWOOD GOWN GRAMMYS 2014 EDITION

HOLLYWOOD GOWN GRAMMYS 2014 EDITION
(all thumbs-up edition, what was to not like on this show?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcA9mtMp7xY


Full version of the “Hollywood Gown” song can be found at

Wednesday, January 22, 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQQnN5liEAw  sung by Leenya Rideout
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,