Saturday, December 31, 2011

Songs from "Tangled Webs," which is based on one of my stories (songs sung by Rebecca Luker



2 SONGS SUNG BY REBECCA LUKER, 
SINGING THE ROLE OF "JEANINE" FROM "TANGLED WEBS" - 
Book by Bill Connington, Music by Skip Kennon. Lyrics by Ellen M. Schwartz, 
adapted from the story "WebCast" by Fred Landau

And I'll Seal It With a Kiss - sung by Rebecca Luker


Also, a song sung by Jeanine's love interest, Aaron:
YOU DON'T SEE ME - sung by Ric Ryder, singing as "Aaron" 


Monday, December 5, 2011

If anyone's looking for holiday material...

If anyone's looking for material for the holiday season's cabaret and holiday show performances:

Here's ALL THE KRINGLE LADIES:  PUT FIVE GOLDEN RINGS ON IT, a parody of SINGLE LADIES  -  parody sung here by Leenya Rideout

A sincere (non-parody) power ballad ANOTHER CHRISTMAS
And because it's so topical for holiday traveling, here's FLY ME IN THE NUDE about the full-body airline scanners

Feel free to use any of these this holiday season.  If you do, all I ask is that you just let me know how the song goes over.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's Not Delusional - Parody of Darren Criss IT'S NOT UNUSUAL

Parody of Darren Criss' recording and video of IT'S NOT UNUSUAL - as the Gleek Chorus wishes the best to Darren Criss and Lea Michele and the cast of GLEE for a jump-start in their ratings (and, we hope, their musical theater bankability)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6t8MQNPmAs

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Musical by some family & friends timed to the Occupy Wall Street protests; very much like a modern Cradle Will Rock in many exciting ways.

"Reckless Endangerment, a citizen's plea for the promise of America" -- on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNdxw9-wfdY

This is an eight-minute musical film. I hope it's a pilot for a larger musical stage or film project, but it stands beautifully on its own.  

Monday, August 15, 2011

With Gov. Mark Sanford back in the news & giving interviews


Revisiting our NOTHIN' COULD BE FINER THAN TO LEAVE SOUTH CAROLINA parody about the itinerant governor who claimed to have been hiking along the Appalachian Trail (but was actually in Argentina) back in summer 2009  


Friday, August 12, 2011

Sesame Street Gay Wedding controversy :)


That Katy Perry "controversy" for SESAME STREET last year, the "Bert and Ernie gay wedding controversy" this year.  

These controversies must be good for SESAME STREET ratings, right?

GETTING HITCHED ON SESAME STREET - my parody take
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM9EHE3EjDE

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vascillating Rhythm, or Oh Yes We Can Take That Away from You: Gershwin heirs allow changes, a look back

Just in fun, not 100% sure what I think about this issue, but so much intelligent conversation about this issue today:  


The Gershwins' ghosts kvetching about their heirs allowing changes
SOMEONE TO WATCH OUR ESTATE - updating our "parody chat" with George and Ira Gershwin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF8tBUVE24E



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Living EVITA Loca - an audio parody preview, because suddenly, everyone's talking EVITA instead of FUNNY GIRL


I was planning a full "Living La Vida Loca" parody on Ricky Martin's casting for the fall (I think he'll do a great job with the role, even if his fans will buy tickets for hotness reasons) - but decided to put out this UNMIXED audio preview since suddenly "everyone" is talking EVITA because of the show's casting announcement yesterday.

LIVING EVITA LOCA - UNMIXED AUDIO

Friday, August 5, 2011

Parody based on Lauren Ambrose casting as Fanny Brice, and the much-talked-about Marilyn Michaels NY Times blog item this morning

I'D RATHER A JEW OVER YOU (parody of I'd Rather Be Blue Over You)

suggested by the NY Times blog item (on FUNNY GIRL casting Lauren Ambrose) by the legendary Marilyn Michaels 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2w4qioo5Jg

The sing-along parody lyrics are in the "More info" on the YouTube screen!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

In honor of the new documentary "Sarah Palin -You Betcha" debuting in Toronto in Sept.


You may only want to watch this if you like laughing at Sarah Palin instead of with her.


Revisiting a parody from Fred Landau & Jan Horvath (a so-called rogue-umentary)

Parody of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" 

Sunday, July 31, 2011

On A Clear Day - some affectionate parody videos







("Alan Jay Lerner" goes from mellow and nervous at 

Vassar tryout to excited at Vineyard)


"CLEAR DAY" song parody- jazz-inflected version to honor the revisal's plot;

Seen & Interred: "Donna K" with ecstatic Alan Jay Lerner & Burton Lane on Vineyard 

Theatre elevator (kidding the beloved NY1 "Scene and Heard" segment just a little bit)



For the earlier WHAT DID I HAVE THAT I DON'T HAVE parody, 
see Youtube link at:

- Alan Jay Lerner's ghost's  reactions to the Vassar tryout last summer

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Trying something unusual on friends' advice: link to my entry on a music submission site

"MusicSubmit" URL - 4 songs that seem to stand outside their contexts (?), two parodies and two non-parody ballads. 


Warning:  The songs start playing automatically when you click above.
HOLLYWOOD GOWN is my parody of Hollywood Town, on award red carpets, featuring Jan Horvath's vocal.
FLY ME IN THE NUDE is my topical Sinatra/airline Tharpian parody, my vocal.
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS & I LOOK INTO THOSE EYES are ballads - with music, lyric, and vocal by me.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What are the odds? Getting loads of views because people think I'm a different "Landau" than I am?

Been enjoying getting loads of extra YouTube views because of people looking for YouTubes of Landau Eugene Murphy, who goes by the one-name "Landau" generally, but his FLY ME TO THE MOON vocal just the other night was eerily similar to my FLY ME IN THE NUDE parody.  I know we're both doing Sinatra, but so similar, at least to these ears.  The orchestrations are different, but just compare the sound of the vocals; I'd been wondering why people's emails for him were coming to me - I've just been writing back saying I'm flattered by the comparison but I'm not THAT Landau.

Landau Eugene Murphy doing FLY ME TO THE MOON

Me (now the other Landau - LOL!) doing the FLY ME IN THE NUDE PARODY

The FLY ME IN THE NUDE parody is totally suitable to watch at work, by the way!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July 4 tribute: recalling the John & Abigail Adams family theme

In the spirit of 1776, hope it's OK to bring out this oldie, which assumes a working knowledge of the lyrics to "Yours Yours Yours" from "1776"

JOHN & ABIGAIL ADDAMS FAMILY theme song

Thanks if you have time to include this in your July 4 celebration, (it's under 90 seconds)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Some thoughts on Brooklyn vs. Manhattan, and my "Brooklyn Boy" video link

The Times had articles today on what people prefer, noise or quiet.  But interestingly, the articles concentrated on Manhattan, where you really can't get away from the noise.

It occurred to me that in Brooklyn, you can find noise and excitement OR peace and quiet, depending on what you're in the mood for.  I think this was even at the heart of that battle over the noise emanating from the concerts in Brooklyn's Seaside Park near Coney Island, and why people who think like Manhattan residents couldn't quite empathize with the Brooklyn residents.

Brooklyn offers you choices, noise and peace often within minutes of each other.  Manhattan doesn't offer such a wide array of options.  Here's an opinionated musical salute to peace of mind in Brooklyn (note, however, that I've opted not to live in Brooklyn any more, at least for now.)

BROOKLYN BOY video on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiQRDVKvf5Q

Saturday, June 25, 2011

With gay marriage having just passed in New York...

As all the LGBT-wedding musicals around town go into rewrites for a happier ending....  I did a quick rewrite of the verse to my LGBT musical's ending.   Maybe it'll go over better with a happy ending anyway.  :)
Here's the link:       

Also, here's a YouTube link to about 10 minutes from the score: 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A couple of FOLLIES take-offs on YouTube

HERE'S "I'M STILL QUEER" -COVERING 40 YEARS OF THEATRE 

TO THE TUNE OF "I'M STILL HERE" -sung by Bill Parry








Speculating on Henry Miller’s ghost reconciling himself with the name change of the Henry Miller Theater to the Stephen Sondheim Theater - LOSING MY SIGN, tune of LOSING MY MIND from FOLLIES



Friday, May 27, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Times reports Meryl Streep to play Mme. Curie in Alan Alda play at a benefit (and here's my ELEMENTS parody video)

If they ever need a scientific love song, here's my own ELEMENTS parody song (a parody of the song "Elegance" from Hello Dolly, and also with a nod to Tom Lehrer's great Elements song)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mothers Day lead-up - kidding THE MOTHER WITH THE HAT & a KYLE'S MOM'S A B**** salute to Book of Mormon Tony noms

Kidding The Mother with the Hat and the possible Mother's Day confusion - 
THE MOM WITH THE HAT


Kyle's Mom's A B**** parody - as Kyle's Mom of South Park reacts to the Book of Mormon Tony nominations


Friday, April 29, 2011

The royal wedding - crowd demands do-over for the First Royal Kiss

TRIBUTE TO THE ROYAL WEDDING -  parody of "IT'S IN HIS KISS" - 
"IT'S THEIR FIRST KISS -The Smooch Smooch Song" (May 1 update)
studio version sung by Jan Horvath, at the link below

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Parody of the Weird Al - Lady Gaga parody brouhaha

Parody of the Weird Al - Lady Gaga brouhaha, now resolved with the divine Lady Gaga's manager falling on his sword.  We're fans of both, but why does the brilliant Weird Al ask if he's not ready to accept "no" as an answer?


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A "Landau family edition" of Hollywood Gown parody

A more universal version of the Hollywood Gown video, not tied to any specific red carpet event.  this one is a family thing, as I got some glamor photos of family to mix in here -
HOLLYWOOD GOWN "Landau family edition" - parody of Harriet Schock's Hollywood Town

P.S.  Here again is the one from 2011's series that got best response in YouTube insight info: 
HOLLYWOOD GOWN - "day after the Golden Globes version"

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

TIMES REPORTS "HAIR" IS COMING BACK - so we're bringing back our affectionate parody as well!

THE CAST OF "HAIR" INVADING THE AUDIENCE WAS A BIG STORY FOR THEATER FANS in 2009-2010, and NOW - THE TIMES REPORTS THAT THE "HAIR" REVIVAL COMING BACK FOR SUMMER 2011. SO HERE AGAIN IS OUR PARODY OF "AQUARIUS"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQQnN5liEAw

Sunday, April 10, 2011

No idea why this love song we'd been promoting suddenly went from 200 to 10,000 on YouTube, but so glad people are hearing it!

Right Nearby on YouTube - just a sweet uptempo love song from a show we stopped working on recently

 We'd been lightly promoting it since Sept 2010, but out of nowhere, people have started watching it, and we do appreciate it.

P.S.   For a varied selection (about 10 songs) of my original non-parody theater songs on YouTube:   http://tinyurl.com/27n954m

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kidding American Idol - Casey Abrams Tribute Band Parody - "Your Song"

The Casey Abrams Tribute Band (parody version), while sounding nothing like Casey, rushed out a parody of "Your Song" and the whole saving shebang!



Friday, March 25, 2011

Gershwins' spirits react to changes heirs are allowing

Gershwin parody (their spirits react to their heirs allowing so many changes) - 
Someone To Watch Our Estate :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF8tBUVE24E

P.S.  Not sure why the heirs want the PORGY AND BESS changes, but since the heirs want this, at least it's in hands of people who seem most likely to respect the spirit of the work

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hollywood Gowns - Oscars Edition 2011

Cheated a little using the gown that James Franco wore twice, but hard to find stuff to put in the minus column gown-wise! 



HOLLYWOOD GOWN - 2011 OSCARS EDITION 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Why are so many people getting here through a week-old post on All That Chat?

If someone can comment, I'm anxious  to know:  Why are so many people getting here today by way of  a post from All That Chat about Cactus Flower and Forty Carats, way down on the second page there from February 15, when it's February 23 now?   This has never happened before, normally ATC link referral are all from that same day or the day before.  Is something going on with Cactus Flower?

and now this is coming up from more than one person:
http://www.google.com/search?q=Fred+landau+blog&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

WTF?

Are more than one person trying to do something on this site?  Please email me at the AOL address dylan43rd or comment here, to assure me that nothing wrong is being done here, because it looks unlike anything that's ever happened here before.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Last weekend of the Pacino MERCHANT, so...

...we bring back our most controversial video (in that it's the first time we've pretty much had to re-edit after YouTube views had built up due to a request from the show being parodied, but we did it gladly).

Al Pacino’s transfer to Broadway was big box office, so we imagine the producers trying to get him to extend
SHYLOCK, a parody of SKYLARK and the Pacino MERCHANT OF VENICE
 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hollywood Gown Grammy Edition

So much tougher than usual, lots of eccentricity which others might have loved.  So if anyone has any comments at all, please let me know.



HOLLYWOOD GOWN about GRAMMY NIGHT



P.S.   For a varied selection (about 10 songs) of my original non-parody theater songs on YouTube:   http://tinyurl.com/27n954m



Monday, February 7, 2011

Christina Aguilera National Anthem flub parody

Did Christina Aguilera actually sing "At the twilight's last reaming" last night before the Super Bowl?  Sure sounded like it!
Christina Aguilera Star Spangled Banner parody - founding fathers watch and react (all in fun)


We love her - but this moment just cried out for parody.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Some folks asked about NON-PARODY songs & about HAPPIEST OF TIMES, which I mention in my bio (well, only 4 people asked, but)...

Here are four of the songs (audio) on YouTube from THE HAPPIEST OF TIMES at this link

One of the workshop panelists called the musical "a gay I DO! I DO!" so if that doesn't sound like something you want to hear right now...  Thanks if you have time to listen!  (it's about 9 minutes of material from the musical)


If anyone's interested, a varied menu selection (about 10 songs) of my original Non-Parody theater songs on YouTube is at

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New link for LAST STARFIGHTER photos, liner notes, sound clips


New links for Last Starfighter Storm Theatre photos, notes, etc.


Bruce Kimmel, whose Kritzerland label did our original cast album,  
has put some photos and our liner notes on the Kritzerland site.

The page with LAST STARFIGHTER sound clips and quotes about the show  
and the Kritzerland original cast album is at this link
http://kritzerland.com/starfighter.htm

Photos of the Storm Theatre production are at this link
http://kritzerland.com/starfighter_pix.htm

Some descriptive info & the synopsis of the Storm Theatre production,  
in the album's liner notes reprinted at this link
http://kritzerland.com/KL_TLS_Notes.pdf

P.S.   For a varied selection (about 10 songs) of my original non-parody theater songs on YouTube:   http://tinyurl.com/27n954m