Friday, March 2, 2018

Demo sampler from 4 "Viva Max!" songs

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


Book by Julie Miller & Fred Landau
Music & lyrics by Skip Kennon

based on the novel VIVA MAX! by Jim Lehrer

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Reading of our new musical is coming in January!

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 Reading Series.  

The series starts with our show on Monday, January 15, 2018.  If you want to come, just send me an email at my AOL address FJL1960, and I'll make sure to get you the info to make reservations as soon as the info is available.   (It's free admission, but reservations are needed to get in.) 

VIVA MAX!  - Staged Reading at:
The Actor’s Temple Theatre   
339 West 47th Street (between 8th & 9th)
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

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!

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!"

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)

(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:

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)

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)   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 
   sung by Jan Horvath

THE CAST OF "HAIR" INVADING THE AUDIENCE  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     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:

Sunday, May 15, 2016

With the TSA and airport screening back in the news again

With the TSA and airport screening back in the news again this past week, we reprise our tribute to those full-body screening machines at the airport

Fly Me in the Nude (parody of Fly Me to the Moon)

Also, a favorite old flying photo (on a helicopter shopping trip with the Kelmans in Chicago)