Sunday, September 16, 2018

As the long-running TV show "Theater Talk" draws to a close -


As the TV show "Theater Talk" draws to a close -

THEATER SQUAWK! act 1 - parody of Theater Talk [done w/OK of Susan Haskins & Michael Riedel to do a parody]


Looking back at the script from our reading, before that "Reel Time" company invaded our lives and my Google profile:  (this is act one as read then)

from "Theater Squawk, or My Dead Aunt Thanks You!"


And -

"I Will Survive Yom Kippur" -  parody lyric by Fred Landau, sung by Jan Horvath

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


Also -
Cher - parody-tribute - With the word "gypsy" being frowned upon these days in theater, a more-P.C. version, dealing with the modern social-media-aware Cher - 

"PCs, Apps and Tweets" -   thanks to Sheree Sano for the vocal!

Some material for the parody lyric was inspired by this NY Times article by Frank Bruni







Thursday, August 23, 2018

A "Moulin Rouge" Parody-Tribute, tune of Katy Perry's "Firework" as sung in the show by Karen Olivo



This is the first time I recall being at a show which was actually encouraging us to take photos before the show, at intermission, after the show: as long as we don 't while the actual show is going on. During intermission, lots of people took photos with the huge logo in the background. I actually think this approach may even have been a great reminder NOT to do it during the show.

"Firework, Moulin Rouge version" our Parody-Tribute video 


and 
CHATTING IS A SHOW’S BEST FRIEND -  a “Moulin Rouge Parody Playlist” update for Satine’s take on “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”


Try our rough sketching  of "Moulin Huge" [updating weekly!] 


Quick ripped-from-the-headlines moment:  [Sept 9]

"If I Could Talk To Anonymous?" [or is it AnOminous?]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veHUrsMi_hw




Last Starfighter 
These are from the June-July 2018 production at SecondStory Repertory in Washington

"Love is Like Water" from the Pacific Northwest Premiere production in June 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9wXtrIA5sU

Also, a quick"stage intimacy" moment from Pacific Northwest Premiere production in June 2018: Quick "rehearsal ad lib" by Alicia (playing Elaine) as Maggie nuzzles and puzzles the Beta Unit (Maya and Sam)!  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqLePtlXzzI

Full cast and credits at this link as of August 2018

http://www.secondstoryrep.org/mainstage/season19/starfighter.html
This was a wonderful "Last Starfighter" production in Redmond, a gorgeous Seattle suburb which is right next to another stunning Seattle suburb called Bellevue. (Our associate producer and show sponsor Beth actually lives in Bellevue, and Beth seemed to have no idea that "Bellevue" means something completely different in New York!). We'd been asked to tweak a sexual orientation reference in a line because of current local sensitivity and totally understood. Yet the sci-fi production number "Zandozan" (written 14 years ago) where "Me too!" is sung 8 times in Skip's gorgeous building harmony didn't bother anyone throughout the run - though we had an alternate line ready in case! And the "Miss July" section was played for 2017-18 sensibility with comic abandon and brilliance by the wonderful actress (no small roles in the right hands!) working with the director and the young "kid brother."

YouthPLAYS information is at
https://www.youthplays.com/musical/the-last-starfighter-full-length-version-by-skip-kennon-fred-landau-466




Friday, August 3, 2018

Looking ahead to the fall and the Jewish New Year:

Looking ahead to the Jewish New Year:


With not all that many eating days until Yom Kippur, another look at our High Holy Days fasting YouTube - 
parody lyric by Fred Landau, sung by 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]

and:

A tribute to Jewish stand-up comedy - music by Skip Kennon, lyric by Fred Landau (sung by the many voices of Neal Mayer) 
"Put Your Pain in the Hands of a Jew”


Please spread the links around if you know people who might enjoy them!




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 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn3AcCmPL00 

Part 2- slightly less-P.C. "Flying with this Loon" - After boarding the plane, Frank heroically helps deck a suspicious character.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDtWUZx858s



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)


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

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 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5CCbK-Qvoc



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 


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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Salute to Tax Reform (What a Wonderful World 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"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzMi9umls0g

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


And if you haven't seen it already:
"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]









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/