Sunday, October 18, 2020
On Ben Brantley's end of an era as Times critic: I celebrated my favorite Ben Brantley London Journal reviews:
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Music Man Parody update - "Till There Is Hugh" - also some videos I did with Sheree Sano reflecting (to me, anyway) a need for change this Election Day
Parody update - "Till There Is Hugh"
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
"I Will Survive" parody lyric by Fred Landau - "I'll be Inscribed":
sungby Jan Horvath
"Put Your Pain In the Hands of a Jew" - music by Skip Kennon, lyric by Fred Landau
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, but recording this was a kick, looking back!
Monday, September 7, 2020
A parody update as re-opening is in full swing, for better or maybe better not. Let's hope.
That's Entertainment parody -The world's in a stage, a stage where the money fights containment
And here's the closing number.
"Your Smiling Face" parody - Whenever I see you touch your face, I have to cry and yell- because I love you, yes I do.
Also Labor Day today is also my father Nat Landau's 100th birthday and there were fun Broadway friends Bill Parry (who starred in the premiere of our Last Starfighter musical) and Maureen Silliman (who starred in our Actors Temple TRU presentation of Viva Max) there by Skype doing a fun birthday hello. (Mom and Dad used to get on the Florida bus every year and haul their theater loving cookies to Coconut Grove because Maureen Silliman did a show at Coconut Grove. Dad recalled Mom got so worried when Maureen was playing Marcia Lewis' part in Rags before Paper Mill that Maureen had put on 50 of more pounds since she last saw Maureen. Such relief when Mom saw the padded suit hanging in Maureen's dressing room. )
For people who know our family, Sept. 7th is Nat Landau's 100th birthday. We've been spreading out the wishes he's been getting over yesterday and today. A year ago, this had been planned for a party at (we hoped) their local Casita, but actually, there were people able to be there virtually who might not have been able to be at a real in-person party had that happened. Bill Parry & Maureen Silliman were at the Miami party today by remote (is it skype or skype-style video?) from NYC. https://youtu.be/7c8mnxhJn5E
I won't publicly post any of the personal reminiscences online, so many wonderful thoughts from friends and from cousins of four generations, but I'll only post only the musical ones.
Friday, August 14, 2020
The Piaf forever stamp was 2012, and even then we were worried about how snail-like even "snail mail" was
The Piaf forever stamp was 2012, and even then in that election year we were worried about how snail-like even "snail mail" was. The snail makes a guest appearance at 0:30 and this is believed to be the post office snail's first (and maybe only?) appearance in a La Môme parody video.
Thank you to the amazing Jan Horvath for the vocal here.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Looking back ten years ago this week- one of the most successful replacement casts ever!
It's 10 years this week since one of the best reviewed and most surprisingly well-realized replacement pairs to follow a premium success: when Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch took over in the revival of "A Little Night Music." This was a tribute, the "overheard" negotiating with Stritch's agent - who was reported in the press to have been asking for extras that didn't exist ány more, even though Stritch really openly wanted to do the show. With real love for Ms. Stritch, a low-tech take on one of those silly hypothetical lists of supposed demands for things that hadn't existed in years - and she had said she was never going to turn the show down anyway.
And this was A LITTLE SITE MUSIC - celebrating the first Sondheim show to go premium in 2009.
Act 1 - Accountess Charlotte / Anne / Madame Alarmfeldt
Saturday, July 4, 2020
he July 4th parody update - John and Abigail Adams Family/1776 cross-over and Moulin Rouge's Firework
Happy 4th of July!