Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It was an amazing MITF ceremony last night - thoughts right after the big show, and it was a big show!

These are my thoughts immediately after the show.  I may revise these later if my perspective changes


The thing that I’d been told to get ready for (since our show had a real chance of winning in the Outstanding Actress category, but not really in the three others where we were nominated) but still was surprised and overwhelmed by, was the amazing joy of  having created a “star vehicle” and have the star of that vehicle get the Outstanding Actress award in a tremendously competitive category.  

The gifted Jennifer Pace had come in eight days before opening with the imaginative and resourceful  director (and dramaturg) Michael Kirk Lane after the actress who playing “Bette” in our show got too sick to do a show with so much solo singing.   Jennifer was aided in getting her performance together so quickly by her own and Michael's abilities, and by the extraordinary musician Clare Cooper, who would,  I’m sure, have gotten a nomination had there been a supporting actress or a music direction category in that division.  (And by luck, our technical director Terry Prideaux, who had kept things running smoothly back in February and March, happened to be the one presenting that category.)

A chat friend who gets to the point asked if it was as good as the show overall getting one of the other nominated awards?  As I told him, I’ll never know that, but Jennifer’s win as Best Actress at that moment felt like a win for our whole company of five. 

And some more praise for the MITF - it was quite a ceremony! The MITF really ran it like a real awards show, which of course it was - even going over the time limit to the extent that the marvelous producer John Chatterton complimented those who stayed to the end for their endurance, LOL!  The awards our show was up for were all in the first half, and while the writing and production awards went (as the buzz expected) to John Frida’s stellarly ambitious Alien Adventure, it was a thrill to hear us in the nominations alongside so much work that I’d admired in the festival.

(I'm trying to figure out how to put parts of the video we made online, but so far, no luck.)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical" was nominated for 4 awards by Midtown Int'l Theatre Festival



We were thrilled to be part of the Midwinter 2014 festival, and now excited to hear we were nominated for four of the Midtown International Theatre Festival's awards.  These are the categories in which our show was nominated.  The complete list of nominees in all categories is at http://midtownfestival.org/
from the 2014 Midwinter Madness Awards Nominees
Outstanding Production of Play or Musical
Alien Adventure, the Adventure
The Dooples in the Land of Doo

I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical: A Parody Chat with Bette Midler

Nosce Te Ipsum

Theme Night
Outstanding New Script/Playwright, Book, Music & Lyrics for a Play or Musical 

John Frida & Eren T. Gibson, Alien Adventure, the Adventure

Fred Landau, I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical: A Parody Chat with Bette Midler

Joshua R. Pangborn, Nosce Te Ipsum

Emily Rose, Confessions of a Rabbi’s Daughter

Fredric Sinclair, Provincetown
Outstanding Actress in a Play or Musical 

Jennifer Pace, I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical

Kathryn Neville Browne, Another One Darling

Justine Hall, Coming Home

Marjorie Conn, Lizzie Borden's Party

C. Niambi Steele, That L-Word
Outstanding Marketing/Producer for a
Play or Musical

I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical

That L-Word

I’m Sorry

The Dooples in the Land of Doo

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Excited by upcoming shows by Stevie Wonder and Hugh Jackman - but can't help kidding the pricing! (season preview #2)



"Sir Duke" parody - Stevie Wonder tour pricing and concert seating 
parody  (2nd in a series) - parody sung by Sheree Sano
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCl_-xMJE6w


And with Hugh Jackman coming back to Broadway
in "The River" -


To celebrate:  updating "I Raid My Keogh" (from when he did his 
one-man show) to tune of "I Go To Rio" (parody sung by Jan Horvath) 




The book 21ST CENTURY OLDIES: PARODY LYRICS FROM A TO B
is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014-15 parody season preview




2014-15 diva parody preview - DON'T TELL MAMA & THE BODYGUARD parodies

Parody-tribute to Emma Stone
CABARET / GO TELL EMMA  - "Don't Tell Mama" parody

THE BODYGUARD parody-tribute to Heather Headley 
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" parody


Any problems with the parodies?  Don't tell YouTube, just write to me at dylan43rd at aol.com or here at the music and comedy blog.



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


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, 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, 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Info & our opening night program - I Never Miss A Larry Kramer Musical...



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.