Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bette Midler in Hello Dolly - parodying the unusual ad campaign - parody to tune of The Rose


Bette Midler in Hello Dolly -
Parodying the unusual seemingly low-budget ad campaign - parody to tune of The Rose

Parody lyric by Fred Landau, vocal by Jan Horvath

The song "The Rose" (which is being parodied) was written by Amanda McBroom

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Donald Trump parody - sneak preview prior to YouTube


But They're Donalds!  
Parody lyric by Fred Landau, Sung by Jan Horvath
parody mash-up of  Patty Duke Show theme and Donald Trump

Hope you like it!

Update Oct 3, 2016:
This parody song is also in a new video on YouTube at

Friday, August 26, 2016

For the 2016-2017 season kicking into gear

With the great Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole on their way back to Broadway, here's a cell phone salute, 

"I'll Get You Kicked Out of Here" - a now-I've-seen-it-all, world-weary parody of "I Get a Kick Out of You"  (parody sung and created with Sheree Sano)


(post was updated Oct. 16, 2016)

And 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:  (parody sung by Sheree Sano)

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)   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 - parody sung by Sheree Sano

Bette Midler as Sue Mengers "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" YouTube parody 
   sung by Jan Horvath

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

And in honor of the Petula Clark musical 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!


Photo from talkback at Seattle's Village Theatre, The Last Starfighter, moderated by Brian Yorkey, special guests Jon Betuel and Lance Guest:
Fred Landau (Book), Skip Kennon (Music and Lyrics), David Bennett (Director), Tim Symons (Music Director), Jonathan Betuel (Original Screenplay writer), Lance Guest (Star of The Last Starfighter film), and Brian Yorkey.


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)

Also, a favorite old flying photo (on a helicopter shopping trip with the Kelmans in Chicago)