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 26, 2016

For Gay Pride Day this weekend, and previewing July 4th next weekend

With advancement of gay rights -  a brief reprise of "I'm Still Queer"
(based on the classic "I'm Still Here" from FOLLIES)

And just because it's almost the July 4 weekend: 

Once again, our John and Abigail Adams Family theme
(parodying and mashing up "The Addams Family" and "1776")

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Here's our June-wedding love-song video rundown

Just a love song rundown in honor of June wedding time.

(To any performers, please feel free to use these in your acts or at any events if you want - just let me know how they go over if you use any of these.)

An up-tempo number from a show, which got about 30,000 views
RIGHT NEARBY - sung by Janie Smulyan (thanks to Skip Kennon for the orchestration

IS IT MUSHY TO SAY I LOVE YOU? - my music, with lyric by Hunter Prillaman, a quirky love song which somehow got over 70,000 views (I think about 30,000 of those were because a greeting card site picked it up and linked to it)

I LOOK INTO THOSE EYES (about joining of two families)

A PERECT DAY - same-sex wedding vows

And a parody "AT THE CHUPPAH" - Copacabana parody with a same-sex wedding twist

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

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:


sung by Jan Horvath

"Chatting is a Show's Best Friend" parody-tribute to Megan Hilty's 
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  

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 

"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