Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Did Barry Manilow come out again?

Did Barry Manilow come out again?

People Magazine discussion is making it seems like he did.  So repeating this blog item from April 2015 when he first came out -

In congratulatory parody-tribute (mainly tribute here) to Barry Manilow talking about his marriage, a re-link to:

"At the Chuppah" 
(parody of At the Copa)

Please pass the link around if you like it!

Monday, March 20, 2017

A warm parody-tribute to Bette Midler in Hello Dolly

Link to a warm parody-tribute to Bette Midler in Hello Dolly
(a parody by Fred Landau & Jan Horvath, with a vocal by Bruce Horvath)

in the spirit of the fan who fainted at "Hello Dolly" the other night, but told the paramedics "I'd sooner die than miss Act 2!"

Sunday, March 12, 2017

From a show I'm working on called "Family Music"


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

"Family Music" is a musical I'm co-writing with the extremely talented Marian Hannah Weiner, whom I met when we were both students of Harriet Schock's great writing class.

The show takes place in 2004 on Long Island, and it's about the impact of the war on a family that runs a music business, when the younger son comes home wounded, having been saved by his older brother who died while saving him.

It's an original musical drama, but there is a good balance of lighter moments. I thought I'd put up a couple of Marian's songs that will be in the show.   (subject to rewrites, of course!)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Since cabaret singers seem to be putting together their Christmas shows at this point

For the holidays:

BEYONCE PARODY - "KRINGLE LADIES" ("Put 5 Golden Rings On It") 
parody sung by Leenya Rideout

For any holiday travel - our FLY ME IN THE NUDE airline travel scanner spoof 

This one's not a parody, but here's a holiday original number (demo sung by Jan Horvath) 
- written for  my show "Across State Lines"
IN THIS SEASON WE LOVE - NY shoppers clash on holiday spirit, but find harmony

And ANOTHER CHRISTMAS, a post-Christmas-blues power ballad

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)

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

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.


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: