Hope you like this slightly tongue-in-cheek salute!
SOME "LAST STARFIGHTER" PICTURES
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 ofThe Last Starfighterfilm), and Brian Yorkey.
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 Deadline.com, 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.