Monday, June 18, 2018

The poster for "The Last Starfighter" at SecondStory Repertory

The poster for our musical "The Last Starfighter"

I just flew back from Seattle after the last rehearsal and then the first performance the other night!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Our way of celebrating Frank Sinatra today

Our way of celebrating Frank Sinatra today:  our Sinatra double-feature parody-tribute. Could be used as mood music for making Memorial Day or July 4th air travel plans. 

Part 1 - "Fly Me In The Nude" (but G-rated) - as Frank "patiently" goes though the full-body scanners at Newark Airport 

Part 2- slightly less-P.C. "Flying with this Loon" - After boarding the plane, Frank heroically helps deck a suspicious character.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Celebrating the exciting news Bette Midler will be back on Broadway as Dolly this summer!

Link to our pre-Tonys warm parody-tribute to Bette Midler in "Hello Dolly" to tune of "Put On Your Sunday Clothes"
(a parody by Fred Landau & Jan Horvath, with a vocal by Bruce Horvath)

in the spirit of the fan who fainted at "Hello Dolly" back in previews, but told the paramedics "I'd sooner die than miss Act 2!"

"The Gross" (tune of "The Rose") - our YouTube parody-salute to premium seating and her "Priscilla" producing debut

Celebrating Bette's earlier Broadway triumph starring as  Sue Mengers in the hit play "I'll Eat You Last"
tune of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" - YouTube parody    sung by Jan Horvath

Monday, April 2, 2018

"Spring Break" number from our The Last Starfighter musical - in the "Ready Player One"/Ernest Cline spirit!

"Spring Break" - the 2nd act opener from our show "The Last Starfighter" (caveat: some PG-type teenager spring break content, as in that scene in the film)

If you're near Seattle in June, the show opens June 15, 2018 at Second Story Repertory in Redmond, WA.

(Extra shameless plug:  You can find lots of info on the show at the site)

The "Last Starfighter" source material in recent Hollywood Reporter news - Who knows?  Maybe the "Last Starfighter" film remake will be sooner than we thought:
Star Wars Rogue One’s Gary Whitta talks about his plans for a Last Starfighter film reboot - 

Hollywood Reporter   April 2018

Saturday, December 9, 2017

TRU Voices presents our new musical VIVA MAX! - based on the novel by Jim Lehrer

Sorry for having less frequent blog posts recently!  We've been working on getting our script materials up to date, and we're thrilled to have been selected by Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) to be one of the three shows in their TRU VOICES  Series.  

The series starts with our show on Monday, January 15, 2018.  

VIVA MAX!  - Staged Reading at:
The Actor’s Temple Theatre   
339 West 47th Street  NYC
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Remember the Alamo?  Max will make sure you never forget it!  In this new musical comedy-adventure, a young, idealistic Mexican General seeks respect for himself and Mexico by marching his soldiers into Texas in an against-all-odds quest to reclaim the Alamo.  The show is based on Jim Lehrer's rollicking satiric novel set 50 years ago, but the story remains current and passionate on 21st-century matters like immigration, gun control, and respect for foreign people and their cultures.

Update Wed. Dec. 20:  More info on the whole TRU series in this article on BroadwayWorld

Update:  Link to YouTube - a demo sampler, from 4 "Viva Max!" songs
Some of the characters you'll meet in the musical comedy based on Jim Lehrer's novel

The bigoted, gun-loving Texas Police Chief Sylvester - "Gotta Give a Guy a Gun"

The loyal but womanizing Lieutenant - "What a Woman Wants"

Paula,  political activist and Alamo tour guide - "It's Just I Haven't Met the Man Yet"

The fiery Carmela, who inspires Max to go on his quest  - "I Don't Think So"

sung on these demos by Bill Parry, Charles Pistone, Elena Shaddow, Sarah Corey

TRU Voices Jan. 15, with Book by Julie Miller & Fred Landau
Music & lyrics by Skip Kennon
based on the novel VIVA MAX! by Jim Lehrer

Friday, September 15, 2017

Link to new videos - Tax Reform (What a Wonderful World parody) and Jewish New Year (I Will Survive parody)

WHAT A ONE PERCENT WORLD -Steve Mnuchin parody-tribute on YouTube

Tax reform by  Steve Mnuchin, and his wife's infamous Twitter feed, based on the so-called "air travel scandal"

Many thanks to the terrific Sheree Sano for the fabulous vocal!

And if you haven't seen it already:

With not that many eating days until Yom Kippur, here's a fasting YouTube - parody by Fred Landau, sung by our gifted neighbor Jan Horvath

"I Will Survive Yom Kippur" - parody

[this parody suggested and based on info in the NY Times New York Today column "Advice for Fasting" June 21, 2017]

Please spread the link around if you know people who might enjoy the parody!

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: