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Sunday, October 18, 2020

On Ben Brantley's end of an era as Times critic: I celebrated my favorite feature, Ben Brantley London Journal : by Fred Landau

On Ben Brantley's end of an era as Times critic: I celebrated my favorite Ben Brantley London Journal reviews: This was about the London Journal on Imelda Staunton's scorched-earth Rose in…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 08:51AM
Sunday, September 27, 2020

Music Man Parody update - "Till There Is Hugh" - also some videos I did with Sheree Sano reflecting (to me, anyway) a need for change this Election Da by Fred Landau

 Parody update - "Till There Is Hugh" "TILL THERE IS HUGH" - parody lyric by Fred Landau about the Music Man ad - for social distance era. This video is at https://www.youtube.com/watc…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 04:45AM
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

For the Jewish holidays by Fred Landau

  "I Will Survive" parody lyric by Fred Landau - "I'll be Inscribed":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxTuhLayowQsungby  Jan Horvath"Put Your Pain In the Hands of a Jew" - music by Skip Ke…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 03:03PM
Monday, September 7, 2020

A parody update as re-opening is in full swing, for better or maybe better not. Let's hope. by Fred Landau

 A parody update as re-opening is in full swing, for better or maybe better not.  Let's hope.  The one-minute opening from the 7-minute Labor Day sequel (coming soon) to our "When I''m St…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 05:58PM
Friday, August 14, 2020

The Piaf forever stamp was 2012, and even then we were worried about how snail-like even "snail mail" was by Fred Landau

 The Piaf forever stamp was 2012, and even then in that election year we were worried about how snail-like even "snail mail" was. The snail makes a guest appearance at 0:30 and this is be…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 09:36PM
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Looking back ten years ago this week- one of the most successful replacement casts ever! by Fred Landau

Looking back ten years ago this week-  one of the most successful replacement casts ever!  It's 10 years this week since one of the best reviewed and most surprisingly well-realized replac…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 01:10PM
Saturday, July 4, 2020

he July 4th parody update - John and Abigail Adams Family/1776 cross-over and Moulin Rouge's Firework by Fred Landau

"Firework, Moulin Rouge version" Parody-Tribute video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNGZJrX81zc [still just one Firework; they had to cut corners somewhere]  John and Abigail Adams Fa…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 03:46PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

More socially distant theater to help Broadway come back by Fred Landau

Here's the video from the "Kiss me Kate" re-revisal -  MJ plays "Bianca/Lois Lane," manning the desk for high-net-worth patients at the Upper East Side ER, putting VIP patients at ease tha…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 07:59PM
Sunday, April 12, 2020

Because we're seeing sometimes the only way to not give up is to laugh, or burst into song - on social distancing by Fred Landau

Because sometimes the only way to not give up is to laugh, or burst into song.  It doesn't make the problem go away, but it can help you face it better after you laugh or sing.  And it m…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 06:44AM
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Some non-parody theater song demos, since it's tough to record new stuff right now in social distancing time by Fred Landau

Some non-parody original theater songs, since it's tough to record new stuff right now in social distancing time From the musical ACROSS STATE LINES  (performed previously as The Octagon…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 11:18AM
Sunday, February 16, 2020

"Mack and Mabel" at Encores in 2020 - parody by Fred Landau

Type Our Troubles Away - the more good-natured full-song version  Parody of Encores' 2020 "Mack and Mabel”  [or "Jack and MABEL"] https://youtu.be/RafIinDbF5A The earlier one-minute pre…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 03:34AM
Monday, February 10, 2020

Hollywood Gown Oscars 2020, and a parody for "The Lehman Trilogy"" (9-minute mini-movie) by Fred Landau

Hollywood Gown Oscars 2020 - based on Harriet Schock's song "Hollywood Town" https://youtu.be/1uQ_XPirkaMThis parody lyric Fred Landau- Video, edit and vocal Jan HorvathHollywood Gown Oscars…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 04:03PM
Monday, January 20, 2020

The Hollywood Gown Song SAG Awards 2020, COMPANY 2020 tribute, and tribute to the late Jerry Herman by Fred Landau

The HOLLYWOOD GOWN SONG (short version) - SAG AWARDS 2020 - feat. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's gownhttps://youtu.be/Zp58fA38qdoparody lyric by Fred Landauto Harriet…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 03:16PM
Monday, November 25, 2019

Nov. 2019 - Updating the 2019-2020 theater preview (plus a short tribute to the book by Anonymous) by Fred Landau

The 2019-2020 season, what we have so far:  Bat Out of Hell" - August-September 2019 at NY City Center "Bat out of Hell" parody by Fred Landau and Jan Horvath  parody set to Jim Steinma…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 12:32AM
Monday, September 16, 2019

"I'll Get You Kicked Out of Here" - a don't-mess-with-me, world-weary parody of "I Get a Kick Out of You" PLUS we start our 2019-2020 theater season " by Fred Landau

"I'll Get You Kicked Out of Here" - cell phones in the theater - a now-I've-seen-it-all, don't-mess-with-me, world-weary parody of "I Get a Kick Out of You"  (The parody is done here with …

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 10:41AM
Sunday, May 12, 2019

A Mothers Day tribute and also updating last month's Sheree Sano tribute by Fred Landau

Theater title lookback for Mother's Day:The devoted son who thought "The Mother With the Hat" was a perfect show to see with his Mom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_gG1vJGOFk And In …

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 07:49PM
Monday, June 18, 2018

The poster and program for "The Last Starfighter" at SecondStory Repertory by Fred Landau

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! photo with program just abov…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 04:09PM
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Lyric to honor the New York Times ArtsBeat column by Fred Landau

Since I'd been writing lyrics in the NY Times reader-comment section for a while, the Times asked me to write a "parody lyric" on the subject of the ArtsBeat column coming to an end after al…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 07:45PM
Friday, April 29, 2016

For the Royal Couple's 5th Anniversary - a look back at their first kiss 5 years ago by Fred Landau

I honor of the Royal Couple's 5th Anniversary -A look back at their first kiss 5 years agohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O00tb72yXVUParody video, sung by Jan Horvath

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 01:07PM
Sunday, December 13, 2015

VIVA MAX! DRAFT OF MUSICAL - THIS IS VERY OPEN TO INPUT & DISCUSSION by Fred Landau

DRAFT AS OF SEPT 14, 2019Links to YouTube For the original Jan 2018 presentation version's  "colorful characters highlights promo sampler" - https://youtu.be/F8t4Q9memhIand some more demo…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 07:12AM
Sunday, December 6, 2015

VIVA MAX demo sampler and script going back to novel and material presented pre-JLM by Fred Landau

Links to YouTube For the original Jan 2018 presentation version's  "colorful characters highlights promo sampler" - https://youtu.be/F8t4Q9memhIand some more demos are at https://youtu.…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 01:21PM
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The $1-million price of a New York City dog run by Fred Landau

From the wonderful (and very useful)  "New York Today" column in the NYTimes:   “Residents in Queens want a new dog run, but not if it costs $1 million.” Here's a parody-tribute:  y…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 09:46AM
Saturday, September 12, 2015

The new, more democratic NY Fashion Week - a parody-tribute lyric by Fred Landau

This seemed to go over a bit when I posted it in the NYT comments, my parody-tribute to the new apps for Fashion Week making it available to the whole city rather than the elite few.The actu…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 07:31AM
Friday, July 5, 2013

Bette may want to do Mame [full loving parody coverage) at July 5th entry by Fred Landau

At our July 5th entry - we react to the Times reporting Bette wanting to do a musical, and it's likeliness that it's MAME: We recap our blog's Youtube salutes to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" a…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 07:14AM
Monday, June 10, 2013

2012-13 season highlights (June 7 update) by Fred Landau

Parodies and original YouTube links from the 2012-13 season.

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 12:09AM
Friday, November 30, 2012

2012 in theater-and cabaret-related parody & tribute videos by Fred Landau

Here are some of the 2012 videos, mostly about Off-Broadway and NYC cabaret-scene tributes and parodies - mostly comedy, some sincere tributes: The list includes a MOTOWN THE MUSICAL par…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 03:44PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chrysanthemum "Tea Party" - Dancing with the Stars, Bristol Palin by Fred Landau

With Bristol Palin back in fall 2012 DANCING WITH THE STARS, a reprise of the “Chrysanthemum Tea Party Overtures”

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 11:12PM

A Look Back At Theater Spoofs 2009-2011 by Fred Landau

Hearing the talk by some of the critics about what was worth parodying in theatre from 2009 to 2011. No one does it on the level of "Forbidden Broadway" in terms of hitting the bulls-eye of …

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 10:58PM
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. by Fred Landau

"Reckless Endangerment, a citizen's plea for the promise of America" -- on YouTube. This is an eight-minute musical film. I hope it's a pilot for a larger musical stage o…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 05:26PM
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rodgers & Hart parody -parody of John Doyle's new show, looking likely to be a NY smash when it gets here by Fred Landau

Parody of IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND - as the actor/musicians reportedly get paid for both roles when they do...

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 07:40PM
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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

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) …

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 09:22AM

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