Sunday, February 16, 2020

"Mack and Mabel" at Encores in 2020 - parody

Type Our Troubles Away - the more good-natured full-song version 
Parody of Encores' 2020 "Mack and Mabel”  [or "Jack and MABEL"]

The earlier one-minute preview version is still at


And - 


Proposing a toast to premium success for the 2020 "Company" 

"Another Hundred Patti Fans Got Off Of Their Phones" - Parody

2:35 version

  

at  

  https://youtu.be/biOPO57uQ1M

Monday, February 10, 2020

Hollywood Gown Oscars 2020, and a parody for "The Lehman Trilogy"" (9-minute mini-movie)



Hollywood Gown Oscars 2020 - based on Harriet Schock's song "Hollywood Town" https://youtu.be/1uQ_XPirkaM This parody lyric Fred Landau- Video, edit and vocal Jan Horvath Hollywood Gown Oscars 2020 (1:02 version) - followed by 2:44 audio-only of the parody song https://youtu.be/Ya-MDi9yBJY



And with Sam Mendes Broadway smash "The Lehman Trilogy" coming up, here's an AIG-Lehman Brothers parody we'd done based on a top 5 all-time favorite written by Harriet Schock:

The AIG CEO parody song - THAT AIN'T NO WAY TO TREAT ED LIDDY 
https://youtu.be/Csk7kBuBbsA    Parody of "Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady" Sung by George Osborne and Shauna Hicks, AIG-Lehman story and continuity consultant Julie Miller

The full 9-minute mini-musical (in case "The LehmanTrilogy" feels like too long a sit)

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Hollywood Gown Song SAG Awards 2020, COMPANY 2020 tribute, and tribute to the late Jerry Herman

The HOLLYWOOD GOWN SONG (short version) - SAG AWARDS 2020 
- feat. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's gown
https://youtu.be/Zp58fA38qdo
parody lyric by Fred Landau
to Harriet Schock's "Hollywood Town" as heard on Manfred Mann's "Angel Station" album

and for historical context, looking back at our "Angelina Jolie's Leg" 2012 Oscars special edition 
1:01 version  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMe-0U24tw4
Extended 1:46 version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0QN41XBp1g
feat. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's leg 

Also recalling the year after a few minor complaints that men should be included - and by odd chance, of one the sharpest-dressed men we "objectified" here at Golden Globes 2013 at 0:53 was - wait for it - Matt Lauer!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C7ZkwWgiXs
and also Keith Urban - who's always dressed perfectly when Nicole Kidman is the one being celebrated, but at times can be an unmade bed like us regular people when she's not there or when the event is about himself.  (maybe Nicole or her dresser advises him)

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A couple of this blog's Jerry Herman parody-tributes

"Put on Your Sunday Clothes" Parody-Tribute 
a warm parody-tribute to Bette Midler in Hello Dolly
in the spirit of the fan who fainted at "Hello Dolly" -  but told the paramedics "I'd sooner die than miss Act 2!"
Betty White - “Great Auntie Mame" parody 
from: Roles we REALLY want to see Betty White play  

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A sincere ballad ANOTHER CHRISTMAS  - 
Music and lyric Fred Landau, thanks to Skip Kennon for the piano arrangement
(in the show it was written for, sung in the period between Christmas and Valentines Day, looking back)

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And still unlisted, so links may change:

Proposing a toast to premium success for the 2020 "COMPANY" a Parody-Tribute

shorter 1:40 version https://youtu.be/o1s1ScBSV3An


  

2:35 version


  

 https://youtu.be/biOPO57uQ1M

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Nov. 2019 - Updating the 2019-2020 theater preview (plus a short tribute to the book by Anonymous)



The 2019-2020 season, what we have so far:  

Bat Out of Hell" - August-September 2019 at NY City Center

"Bat out of Hell" parody by Fred Landau and Jan Horvath
 parody set to Jim Steinman's classic  "It's All Coming Back to Me"


"Little Shop of Horrors" revival parody - on the phenomenon of casting hunks as nebbishy Seymour.
"Stunningly Seymour "



Added Dec 17 (unlisted links) 

 Proposing a toast to premium success for the 2020 "COMPANY" a Parody-Tribute


shorter 1:40 version https://youtu.be/o1s1ScBSV3An

  


2:35 version

  

https://youtu.be/biOPO57uQ1M




Kate Mulgrew is back onstage, at the Minetta Lane as a rival for Mme. Curie's heart - First parody on Youtube - off-Broadway's "The Half-Life of Marie Curie"
"Elements" to tune of "Elegance" -Mme. Curie’s future husband confronts her ambivalence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yqJ4Fjxvd8




Cross-Toasting Harry Connick's A CELEBRATION OF COLE PORTER this December, and the spring 2020 revival of TAKE ME OUT

Will this "Take Me Out" be as revealing as the play's premiere had been?    A look from \2011-12)
“Everyone Goes” parody tune of Anything Goes

Celebrating Kristin Chenoweth - we never need a reason, but her Broadway concert this season works fine as a reason.

A "Promises Promises" look-back  -
"Knowing When To Close"
She comes to the producers in a dream, when they are losing sleep about whether to risk recasting or take the profits and close
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf_ZsvMCZTo




In honor of THE LEHMAN TRILOGY (opening in the spring)
The AIG and Lehman Brothers Mini-Musical - (about 8 minutes)  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUjCalZ7hiM
with parody lyrics to DELTA DAWN by Alex Harvey & Larry Collins, I AM WOMAN by Helen Reddy & Ray Burton, ANGIE BABY by Alan O'Day, YOU AND ME AGAINST THE WORLD by Paul Williams & Ken Ascher, and AIN'T NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY by Harriet Schock

Our try  to become to "Moulin Rouge" what "Spamilton" is to "Hamilton"

"Firework, Moulin Rouge version" our Parody-Tribute video 
[still just one Firework; they had to cut corners somewhere] 


CHATTING IS A SHOW’S BEST FRIEND -  a “Moulin Rouge Parody Playlist” update for Satine’s take on “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”
Encouraging saving your energy for spreading word online


THE PHOTO IS A CHEAT 
(Moulin Rouge song: Rolling in the Deep #2) 
- the pain caused by the photoshopped Vogue cover
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN_oexA7W-g


KRINGLE LADIES - PUT 5 GOLDEN RINGS ON IT 
(Moulin Rouge song: Single Ladies - Put a Ring On It)
[a holiday party - think Turkey Lurkey Time for the Moulin Huge office staff]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxPxWRC6AWk`


I GOT A CHANCE FOR SOME HOTTIE 
(Moulin Rouge song: I Wanna Dance With Somebody) 
- The casting people keep an eye open about their other projects, like finding  a co-star for their  Broadway "The Bodyguard"

Lady Marmalade PARODY -  Brooklyn's Trump Village Theater Party visits Moulin Rouge - ("Really Gonna Earn a Lot")
Vocal by Sheree Sano. Parody lyrics by Fred Landau


And a  moment to honor the new book about the White House by Anonymous:

"If I Could Talk to Anonymous" - or is it Anominous? [PG-13 language]

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

Monday, September 16, 2019

"I'll Get You Kicked Out of Here" - a don't-mess-with-me, world-weary parody of "I Get a Kick Out of You" PLUS we start our 2019-2020 theater season "tributes"

"I'll Get You Kicked Out of Here" - cell phones in the theater - a now-I've-seen-it-all, don't-mess-with-me, world-weary parody of "I Get a Kick Out of You"  (The parody is done here with two-time MAC Award winner Sheree Sano adapting it to a certain great star)





      (I'm told you have to have "Flash" on your computer to play this, but that most computers do.)



Dec 2019 update - The 2019-2020 season preview in YouTube parody-tributes is now here:  http://music-and-comedy.blogspot.com/2019/11/nov-2019-updating-2019-2020-theater.html


Counting down to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur:


"Put Your Pain In the Hands of a Jew" - music by Skip Kennon, lyric by Fred Landau
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlzpDsd_q-k
sung by Neal Mayer.
Skip and I write this to submit for a show that had been described as "jokes used as Jewish novocaine" - the show dropped that concept, and did very well as a show for having made that change, but recording this was great fun, looking back!

"I Will Survive" parody lyric by Fred Landau - "I'll be Inscribed":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxTuhLayowQ
sungby  Jan Horvath








Sunday, May 12, 2019

A Mothers Day tribute and also updating last month's Sheree Sano tribute



Theater title lookback for Mother's Day:
The devoted son who thought "The Mother With the Hat" was a perfect show to see with his Mom 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_gG1vJGOFk


And


In honor of Sheree Sano having just won her  second MAC Award, I reminisced  about some of the parody and tribute recordings she's done with me.

What a One-Percent World
Tune of:  What a Wonderful World

Chatting Is a Show’s Best Friend
Tune of:  Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend

PCs, Apps and Tweets
Tune of:  Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

Sur-charge
Tune of: Sir Duke

Go Tell Emma (Emma Stone tribute)
Tune of:  Don’t Tell Mama

Try Eating at Subway, Darling
Tune of:  Don’t Sleep in the Subway 
On the political end - we reprise our FALL 2010 “Chrysanthemum Tea Party Overtures,” with a vocal and music production  created by Sheree  reflecting the Tea Party politics of that mid-term election year– 

At 2:32 here - I get to duet with Sheree on non-parody song “Finale to Family Music”  (co-written by Marian Weiner &Fred Landau)



A parody-tribute to the March 2019 Lincoln Center 
"Camelot" benefit tickets, and to Lin-Manuel Miranda as King Arthur

https://youtu.be/OW3PzOmaJxc

Monday, June 18, 2018

The poster and program for "The Last Starfighter" at SecondStory Repertory

The poster for our musical "The Last Starfighter"

I just flew back from Seattle after the last rehearsal and then the first performance the other night!







photo with program just above (thanks, Allan at the showsiveseen-dot-com site)


More info on the theater is at http://secondstoryrep.org/mainstage/season19/starfighter.html