Thursday, August 14, 2014

Continuing the parody-lyric season preview - with the news that Emma Stone will join the smash CABARET this fall -


tune of Don’t Tell Mama (reprise - short version)

Rush now, go tell Emma
Rush now, go sell Emma
Go tell Emma we’re gonna be there
Missed her at the Valley
Hope she stars as Sally
We want to hear her “Mein Herr”

And though the show did not get Best Revival
We found ourselves rejoicing at its re-arrival

So tell her we have beckoned
We’ll show in a second
For our third and fourth time in a year

We adored Michelle, the show is great
But still tell Emma we can’t wait
Yes, go tell Emma
Darling, go tell Emma
Honey, go tell Emma to get here!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Continuing the season preview in parody lyrics - Producers announced a brand new Chipmunks musical for the stage


Theodore and Simon and Dave look forward to getting to work  hard on Broadway - but Alvin’s mind is on the box office value of the Tonys.

Tune of “The Chipmunks Song”

[Alvin:] All right, ready to rehearse our Tony spot?
[Theodore:] But don’t we have to rehearse the show first?
[Dave:] Yes, you do. Okay, Simon?
[Simon:] Okay.
[Dave:] Okay, and you, Theodore?
[Theodore:] Okay!  Throw those rewrites at me!
[Dave:] Okay, Alvin?...Alvin?...AAAALVIN!!!
[Alvin:] Can’t we just win without doing the show?

[Chipmunks:]
Tony, Tony time come soon
We can’t wait until next June
Our show’s great, we’ll win, you bet
Hurry please, sweet Antoinette

Love a crowd that stands and whoops
[Alvin:] Me, I want more tourist groups
But mostly we are here to say
Please Tonys, come our way

[Investors:] Sell to tweens in Girl Scout troops
[Alvin:]  I still say get tourist groups
But mostly get here, Tony day
Please Tonys, come our way

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Updates on some of Skip's shows


Here's the YouTube link for the 2-minute promo video -
HERRINGBONE (July 2014 Philadelphia production) 
by Tom Cone, Skip Kennon & Ellen Fitzhugh
opened last night at Flashpoint Theatre
starring Ben Dibble as George Herringbone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXW0xaV3J7s


News about HERRINGBONE CD

BD Wong let the Kickstarter backers know that "the LIVE HERRINGBONE RECORDING will launch on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014."



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:
http://music-and-comedy.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanks-to-everyone-involved-in-our.html


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:
http://tangled-webs-updates.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Starting our preview in parody lyrics of the 2014-2015 season

Starting a season preview:  

(1)  With the search under way for a guy to play opposite Heather Headley in THE BODYGUARD, we consider the critical perspective from London that if Heather Headley's bodyguard had been a better cop and less "studly" the plot of THE BODYGUARD might have been over in about 25 minutes:

Here's the real song from THE BODYGUARD:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW3Xz-Phj3s


Tune of I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (from The Bodyguard musical)

Crook strikes, he starts to stalk
And the cop is not too bright
Stop the plot with some songs to hawk
And those hits help pad the night

We’ve done all right up ‘til now
But New York is tougher, holy cow
Got Heather all signed
What guy can we find?

(chorus – 2x)
Oh, we’ve got a chance for some hottie
She needs to have some heat with some hottie 
Yeah, need some advance with some hottie
With some hottie who’s studly

Some hottie who (2x),
Some hottie who’s studly
Some hottie who (2x)
Won’t blur out Heather’s charms

We need a cop who’s a hot buffoon
‘Cause if he seems too smart the plot ends too soon
But when New York calls 
The casting search stalls

(repeat chorus over and over)
Oh, we’ve got a chance for some hottie
She needs to have some heat with some hottie 
Yeah, need some advance with some hottie
(etc)

* * *



(2)   And with Hugh Jackman coming back in "The River" -

To celebrate:  reprising "I Raid My Keogh" (from when he did his one-man show) 
to tune of "I Go To Rio" (sung by Jan Horvath)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7UReYZx2wI



Friday, May 23, 2014

As we head off for the holiday season - some air travel parody takes ("Fly Me in the Nude")

As we head off for the holiday season - here's our update on

FLY ME IN THE NUDE - airport security spoof
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMJvlkzntBg


Also, a link to the old parody video, which got close to 45,000 views
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn3AcCmPL00

and the less-P.C. sequel, "Flying with this Loon"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDtWUZx858s

Seriously, safe and smooth travels, everyone!

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, 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Updates as tax season is over

The rush of the end of tax season, and work on our musical of VIVA MAX!,  has kept me from posting here more regularly.

But I wanted to share the link to this interesting 10-minute documentary trailer from a PBS project that is being done in Texas on the making of the film version of Jim Lehrer's novel VIVA MAX!
http://vimeo.com/channels/163322/14441394


Related to that, here's this blog's info on our musical version of Jim Lehrer's novel VIVA MAX!

http://music-and-comedy.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanks-to-everyone-involved-in-our.html


Expecting to have some news soon about our shows "TANGLED WEBS" and "THE LAST STARFIGHTER" as well

http://tangled-webs-updates.blogspot.com/2013/08/tangled-webs-overview-updated-aug-2013.html
(overview of "TANGLED WEBS")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qoNrjhnVxM
("Reach Out" from LAST STARFIGHTER) - [just passed 20,000 views on YouTube]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKCvEDIE4Vg
("Somebody Who Goes Somewhere..." from LAST STARFIGHTER)