Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Last Starfighter" musical available soon for schools, community theaters, summer camps, etc.



YouthPLAYS, the company that will be making the LAST STARFIGHTER musical (book by Fred Landau, music & lyrics by Skip Kennon, based on the screenplay by Jonathan Betuel) available for productions at community theaters, high schools and colleges, summer camps, regional and dinner theaters, etc. is starting to accept inquiries for putting on the show.

http://youthplays.com/


It'll soon be available in two versions:  
the full two-act version (for middle school and up) which runs 85-95 minutes, 
or the Family version suitable for all kids 5 to 95 and will run about 60-65 minutes.

Please pass the info around, or if you have a theatre that might be interested in a 15+ person show, please use the info yourself!

Thanks,
Fred Landau



Last Starfighter cast album info on the Kritzerland site





Sunday, May 7, 2017

In honor of that Brooklyn horse and the "Brooklyn Boyz" stable winning the Kentucky Derby


In honor of that Brooklyn horse and the "Brooklyn Boyz" stable winning the Kentucky Derby

Here is our opinionated song about loving 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!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Looking back remembering our " Chrysanthemum Tea Party Overtures"

The review by Jesse Green today in the Times of the well-received off-Broadway PACIFIC OVERTURES discussed why this new production cut the song "Chrysanthemum Tea," and that Mr. Sondheim considered it in many ways a "Jewish mother" song.

Looking back at fall 2010, when I did, with my neighbor Sheree Sano,  a political-minded 

"Chrysanthemum Tea Party Overtures"

Please pass the link around if you like this parody moment from the past, which was YouTube'd in fall 2010 with an OK from Mr. Sondheim and his publisher.  




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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv4JujI26zM

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"


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(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 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!)





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)


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(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:

OUR MINI-MUSICAL "A LITTLE SITE MUSIC, OR EVERY DAY A LITTLE NET" - 
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)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUa5GGeLdH8

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)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATx9lb04HIw   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 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-JxVU5tTxM 
   sung by Jan Horvath

THE CAST OF "HAIR" INVADING THE AUDIENCE 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQQnN5liEAw  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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WQiQ9FhEBI     parody sung by Sheree Sano

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:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/06/01/service-advisory-artsbeat-is-finished/