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.


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!

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)


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 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!)