Friday, August 26, 2016

For the 2016-2017 season kicking into gear

With the 2016-17 season getting into gear, we look back at some of our past YouTube parodies relating to people who are anticipated to be coming back to New York theatres during the coming season:

parody sung by Jan Horvath

"Chatting is a Show's Best Friend" parody-tribute to Megan Hilty's earlier 
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes triumph:

Al Pacino’s transfer to Broadway was big box office, the producers trying to get him to extend
SHYLOCK, a parody of SKYLARK   parody sung by Jan Horvath

With Emma Stone's triumphant arrival in CABARET: this was our parody-tribute to Emma Stone
CABARET / GO TELL EMMA  - "Don't Tell Mama" parody

Bette on Broadway as Sue Mengers, to tune of “The Rose”

Bette Midler "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" YouTube parody 

THE CAST OF "HAIR" INVADING THE AUDIENCE  parody sung by Leenya Rideout

And in honor of the Petula Clark musical now at Goodpeed, 
our loving "Don't Sleep in the Subway" spoof from when Ms. Clark played at Feinstein's     parody sung by Sheree Sano

Sunday, August 7, 2016

In honor of this day celebrating Brooklyn's diversity

In honor of today's 3rd annual day celebrating Brooklyn's diversity:
Information about the official event is here

Here is our opinionated song about loving and wanting to stay in Brooklyn (from a so-far-unproduced show, so the opinions are the character's, not the writer's)

BROOKLYN BOY - the original Coney Island version

and the alternate "Modern Brooklyn" version of the video

Hope you like this slightly tongue-in-cheek salute!

Friday, July 22, 2016

"2016 Presidential Politics, Sung to the Oldies" - new book now available on Amazon

Now available on Amazon

From the Amazon site:

Sure to make you laugh and lift you up, 21st Century Oldies is a collection of parody lyrics about current events set to the tunes of familiar favorites. The entries give playful new life to songs we all know while spinning the sometimes difficult or troubling current state of affairs into something more approachable and fun. 

The lyrics in Volume 3 sing with hope and humor about the 2016 U.S. Presidential race. So pull out your iPhone or mp3 player, and get ready to sing along. Musical inspiration in this volume comes from popular songs by a wide range of artists, from Beyonce, Olivia Newton John, Herman’s Hermits, The Association, Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, to stage and film giants like Mel Brooks, Jerry Herman, Irving Berlin, Comden & Green and Jule Styne.

Author Fred Landau's online humor and parody writing has been described by Broadway great Lin-Manuel Miranda as “a local treasure.” Fred has written books and/or lyrics for many acclaimed theatrical productions, and his parodies have been excerpted on CNN's AC360 and Situation Room, quoted online in the New York Times, the Village Voice, and, included in college-level courses, and ranked among the top ten in industry rundowns. Fred was called “lyrically gifted” by Noah Remnick in the New York Times’ “New York Today” column, and legendary comedy writer Mark Evanier called him a “master parody writer.” He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has masters degrees from NYU Law School and Brooklyn College.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Lyric to honor the New York Times ArtsBeat column

Since I'd been writing lyrics in the NY Times reader-comment section for so long, the Times asked me to write a "parody lyric" on the subject of the ArtsBeat column coming to an end after all these years.  

It's at this link, towards the end of the article; you just have to scroll down a bit:

Sunday, May 15, 2016

With the TSA and airport screening back in the news again

With the TSA and airport screening back in the news again this past week, we reprise our tribute to those full-body screening machines at the airport

Fly Me in the Nude (parody of Fly Me to the Moon)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The $1-million price of a New York City dog run

From the wonderful (and very useful)  "New York Today" column in the NYTimes:   “Residents in Queens want a new dog run, but not if it costs $1 million.”

Here's a parody-tribute:  you can sing it to tune of “Da Doo Ron Ron”

Read it on a Wednesday that they’ll pass a bill
The new run, run, run, the new run, run
Somebody told me it would cost a mill
The new run, run, run, the new run, run

Yeah, they’ll pass a bill
Yeah, it costs a mill
And as I walked my dog
The new run, run, run, the new run, run?

Told me the whole fight had taken many years
The new run, run, run, the new run, run
But when I heard the price I didn’t trust my ears
The new run, run, run, the new run, run

Yeah, it took some years
Yeah, can’t trust my ears
And when I walked my dog
The new run, run, run, the new run, run

When I asked them why they started “well, because”
The new run, run, run, the new run, run!!!
Then I heard the reasons and they gave me pause
The new run, run, run, the new run, run???

Yeah, said well because
Yeah, they gave me paws
Still when I walked my dog
The new run, run, run, the new run, run!!!