Friday, April 29, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NYC election day parody lyric, a salute to Senate candidate Todd Kaminsky & his uncle Mel Brooks


 Inspired by the NY Times article
"New York Today:  Special Elections"

From the article:  “Todd Kaminsky, a Democratic state assemblyman (who was aided by robocalls from his great-uncle, Mel Brooks).

They had originally planned a production number for the robocall, but then thought it would be too much of a celebrity-culture nod.   :)

Tune of Mel Brooks’ HOPE FOR THE BEST, EXPECT THE WORST

Vote for the best, don’t get the worst
Vote for this kid, or you’ll be cursed
He’s got such breeding 
So I am pleading
Vote for the best, don’t get the worst

Vote for the best, don’t get the worst
New York’s a bubble, don’t let it burst
So I say when it
Comes to State Senate 
Vote for the best, don’t get the worst

I knew a man who left a spiel that clearly doted
Hoping he’d help seal the deal when people voted
Shouting “Go vote for my kin, make Kaminsky win”
He comes guaranteed

Vote for the best, don’t get the worst
This call’s spontaneous and unrehearsed
You’re on the rolls, friend?
Go to the polls, friend
Vote for the best, don’t get the worst


Sunday, March 6, 2016

"1776" / "Addams Family Theme" mash-up video

A reprise of a timely parody:
"The Adams Family theme" mashed up with "Yours Yours Yours" from 1776  (Vic Mizzy's TV theme as if written by Sherman Edwards & Peter Stone)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bUcJKIYFyw




Sunday, February 28, 2016

Volume 2 of "21st Century Oldies" is now available




21st CENTURY OLDIES
 Volume 2:  
CLIMATE & GLOBAL WARMING,
SUNG TO THE OLDIES
  
Sing-along parody lyrics by Fred Landau
21st century current events

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Volume 2 of "21st Century Oldies" will be available in the next few weeks


21st CENTURY OLDIES
 Volume 2:  
CLIMATE & GLOBAL WARMING,
SUNG TO THE OLDIES
  
Sing-along parody lyrics by Fred Landau
21st century current events
sung to the tune of classic theater and popular music

Amazon link is 
http://www.amazon.com/21st-Century-Oldies-Climate-Warming/dp/1530001250/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1456199212&sr=8-2&keywords=21st+century+oldies



Here's the promotional copy for the book on 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 current state of affairs into something more approachable and fun.

Dynamic, poignant, and often thought-provoking, the lyrics in this volume sing to the theme of climate and global warming. While there’s a New York and Northeast U.S. locale in many of the musical tales, and while they mostly depict living and surviving through a specific high-impact period from Summer 2015 to Winter 2016, everyone reading and singing along should be able to identify with the universal, worldwide nature of the subject matter.

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 the Beatles, Dolly Parton, Jose Feliciano, Gloria Estefan and Peter Paul & Mary, to stage and film greats like the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Stephen Schwartz and Jerry Herman.

Described by legendary comedy writer Mark Evanier as a “master parody writer,” and called “lyrically gifted” by Noah Remnick in the New York Times “New York Today” column, author Fred Landau has written books for numerous successful theatrical productions and created parodies that have been excerpted on CNN's AC360 and Situation Room, quoted online in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Deadline.com, included in college-level courses, and ranked among the top ten in industry rundowns.

Fred Landau is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has masters degrees from NYU Law School and Brooklyn College. Fred's parody writing on New York theater was called "a local treasure" by Broadway great Lin-Manuel Miranda.



Sunday, December 6, 2015

If you're looking for Christmas songs to perform in your act, or just listen to:


In case 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)

For any holiday travel - our FLY ME IN THE NUDE airline scanner spoof [at 45,000 views now]

BEYONCE parody - "KRINGLE LADIES (Put 5 Golden Rings On It)" - parody sung by Leenya Rideout 


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


And as the blog celebrates five years, here's our look back in theater and cabaret-related parody videos:





THE CAST OF "HAIR" INVADING THE AUDIENCE 

OUR MINI-MUSICAL "A LITTLE SITE MUSIC, OR EVERY DAY A LITTLE NET" - 
sung by Jan Horvath

"Chatting is a Show's Best Friend" parody-tribute to Megan Hilty's 
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes triumph:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUa5GGeLdH8

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

With Emma Stone's triumphant arrival in CABARET: 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 



With Hugh Jackman back on Broadway 

"I Raid My Keogh"  (tune of "I Go to Rio")



I’D RATHER A JEW – Funny Girl casting 
CABARET AND POP MUSIC CORNER

"Sir Duke" parody - Stevie Wonder tour pricing and concert seating
parody  (2nd in a series) - parody sung by Sheree Sano

"Piaf" -  postage stamp dedication, a parody of LA VIE EN ROSE  

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


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!!!