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Friday, October 15, 2021

Broadway's "The Lehman Trilogy" opened last night - Even after three hours, could it use a "megamix" to get the crowd on its feet by Fred Landau

 Wondering if Broadway's "The Lehman Trilogy" even at three hours could use a megamix to get the crowd on its feet and clapping in rhythm, so they get online even while they leave the thea…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 09:38AM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

With the happy news that Jane Lynch will be in Beanie Feldstein- Michael Mayer FUNNY GIRL: Lookback to HOLLYWOOD GOWN 2011 Emmy Edition when Jane Ly by Fred Landau

 With the happy news that Jane Lynch is announced for the cast of FUNNY GIRL: Lookback to HOLLYWOOD GOWN 2011 Emmy Edition - Jane Lynch hosted. https://youtu.be/24Rpk846HR4 It was very od…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 10:01AM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

For those hungering for some negativity with the sunny ads for Broadway optimism - this was WHAT YOU DID GOT SNUBBED by Fred Landau

The re-opening of Broadway was going so well, there had to be a wrench thrown in! So for those hungering for some negativity with the sunny ads for Broadway optimism.  :) With optimistic c…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 02:29PM
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

A quick MAKE 'EM MASKS School Starts 2021 version by Fred Landau

  MAKE 'EM MASKS School Starts 2021 version   https://youtu.be/98SsvTrTkNQ Parody Lyric Fred Landau  Vocals and feat. Emily (MJ ) McAleesejergins Vocals producer KJ McAleesejergins. …

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 12:18PM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

For Jewish New Year 5782, and Counting down to Yom Kippur: by Fred Landau

For Rosh Hashanah  "Put Your Pain In the Hands of a Jew" - music by Skip Kennon, lyric by Fred Landauhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlzpDsd_q-kSkip and I wrote this to submit for a show th…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 05:06PM
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

This was the show Marian Weiner and I had written 2015-2017 about the aftermath of the Afghan War for a Long Island family (we did it "on location in by Fred Landau

  This was our musical about the Afghan war, a musical drama but as musicals mostly seem to need, always with a thought to leaving the audience with a feeling of recovery and optimism  …

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 04:35AM
Friday, August 6, 2021

A Gov. Cuomo covid-era retrospective, before the Cuomo story becomes so serious that it's non-PC to laugh about it. by Fred Landau

 A Gov. Cuomo covid-era retrospective NEW! The Albany Interpreter in the little circle onscreen from the July 26 press conference -  explains Gov. Cuomo's "We Cannot Go Backwards" them…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 08:43PM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

With the news of the legendary Cherry Lane Theatre changing ownership TRYING A CHERRY LANE THEATRE LOOKBACK, by Fred Landau

Starting with "The Lady With All the Answers" and "Closer Than Ever" - Tribute Judith Ivey's lovely performance as Ann Landers / Eppie Lederer DOWNTOWN ABBY / UPTOWN ANN LANDERS ht…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 10:19AM
Sunday, July 18, 2021

CHAPEL OF LOVE parody -as NY ends virtual weddings - tribute to NYT article Why Virtual Weddings Are No Longer Legal in New York by Fred Landau

 CHAPEL OF LOVE parody -as NY ends virtual weddings  https://youtu.be/lRAouQwsP1E Parody Lyric Fred Landau. Vocal-Vid.Sheree Sano tribute to Corey Kilgannon's New York Times article  Wh…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 10:48PM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

Are you feeling ready to snap? - John and Abigail Adams Family Theme - REPRISE FOR JULY 4TH by Fred Landau

Ready to snap?  The 1776-Addams Family cross-over "The John and Abigail Adams Family theme song" - as it might have been adapted by the writers of "1776" https://youtu.be/4bUcJKIYFyw

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 12:05PM
Saturday, June 26, 2021

SALUTE TO THE 2021-22 SEASON OPENINGS PART 1 - Company, The Music Man, TheLehman Trilogy (the 3 hour saga in 8 minutes) by Fred Landau

 SALUTE TO THE 2021-22 SEASON OPENINGS (PART 1) (also a July 4 "1776" "Adams Family" cross-over) Company "Another Hundred Patti Fans Got Off Of Their Phones" https://youtu.be/biOPO57uQ1…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 05:06PM
Friday, June 4, 2021

Looking back at the shutdown time - Though laughing and singing don't make a problem go away, they can help your outlook, and THAT can make you deal w by Fred Landau

 HERE'S A RECAP: Because although laughing and singing don't make a problem go away, they can help your outlook And put you in frame of mind to deal with reality more clearly. With hope we…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 09:46PM
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Here's the full letter to NYS senators Skoufis, Kaplan and Hoylman about human rights retaliation issues and producers in premium era, as they had a h by Fred Landau

 Dear Senators Skoufis, Kaplan and Hoylman, It is heartening to read in the recent Forbes article that some of the abuses, like the pricing abuses, by Broadway producers that have come al…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 05:04PM
Saturday, May 8, 2021

10 years ago - The ads for THE MOTHER WITH THE HAT looked (to some chatters) like the perfect present for Mother's Day! by Fred Landau

 The ads 10 years ago for THE MOTHER WITH THE HAT  looked (to some chatters) like the perfect present for Mother's Day, and it cried out for a song.   https://youtu.be/1_gG1vJGOFk  Not a…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 06:20PM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

To mark a "say-what?" Gov. Cuomo Broadway news week that will live in EITHER (a) the lunacy OR (b) the audacity - of unscientific arbitrariness: by Fred Landau

To mark a Broadway news week that will live in Covid history as EITHER (a) the lunacy OR (b) the audacity - of Cuomo's arbitrariness:  Cuomo proclaimed this week we are ready for full theat…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 04:10AM
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Since its what's in theater news - lookback on parody-tributes of Rudin Company shows by Fred Landau

Since its what's in theater news - lookback on parody-tributes of Rudin Company shows  Hello Dolly! - 2017 PUT ON YOUR TONY GOWN. https://youtu.be/hv4JujI26zM The Music Man -  TILL WE …

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 01:37PM
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Crying Poverty (FROM 2010 about Madoff scandal) - We're already finding sympathy on the web for Ruth Madoff. So before this becomes non-PC... by Fred Landau

Defying Gravity Parody FROM 2010 - Coincidentally , this is the first video we did after the destructive business gaslighting by then-Davenport Theatricals' Jen Tepper and Encores' videogr…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 11:20AM
Monday, April 5, 2021

Urgent Parody update - Despite a gazillion (rough estimate) similarities with Paul Zindel's play, "Shape of Water" is exonerated. What is the effect by Fred Landau

 Urgent Parody update - and if anything can be called a parody emergency, this could be it:   Despite a gazillion (very rough estimate) coincidental similarities with Paul Zindel's play, "…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 12:30PM
Sunday, April 4, 2021

To join the celebration of the 50th birthday of FOLLIES by Fred Landau

To join the celebration of the 50th birthday of FOLLIES -  both of these done by approval and arrangement with then-publisher Carlin America.  "I'm Still Queer" - This got into Michael M…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 12:04PM
Friday, March 19, 2021

Let's "Mask Up for Shakespeare" - As the Delacorte summer plans bring NYC theater some needed optimism by Fred Landau

 Mask Up For Shakespeare -  as the Delacorte announcement for Free Shakespeare this summer brings a very rare touch of optimism for live theater in NYC -  YouTube link is https://youtu.b…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 07:20PM
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Lyric first heard in our virtual revue "Labor Day - The Re-opening" - Gov. Cuomo - a take on "You're So Vain" by Fred Landau

 Our Emmy-winning Gov. Cuomo featured in a take on "You're So Vain" https://youtu.be/ewpDo0XSGlc this lyric was first heard in our virtual revue  "Labor Day - The Re-opening" https://you…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 09:53AM
Saturday, February 13, 2021

For Valentine’s Day: - a few original theater love songs by Fred Landau

 For Valentine’s Day: original theater love songs  “Is It Mushy to Say I Love You” somehow passed 73,000 views http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZZfjTLHl1s "Brooklyn Boy" https://yout…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 09:13AM
Friday, January 29, 2021

This non-parody showtune number was on a sincere note. by Fred Landau

 This non-parody showtune number  was on a  sincere note.   Any hope of us getting a 2021 Biden/Harris optimism like we had back in pust-crash  January 2009 with Obama/Biden?  Back i…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 11:47AM
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

"Vaccinating Rhythm" - maybe a little morbid lightness will make the time go faster. by Fred Landau

 Oy, what a day! The slow progress of the vaccine may be less immediate, but maybe OK for a little morbid lightness. "Vaccinating Rhythm" -  https://youtu.be/fgg2pGUmZXo

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 10:58PM
Friday, December 25, 2020

Our year-end 2020 Blog Year in almost all show tune salutes or parodies by Fred Landau

 Our year-end 2020 Blog Year in almost all show tune  salutes January “The Hollywood Gown” series tried to pick up where it was  interrupted in 2013 - Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 02:27PM
Thursday, December 24, 2020

Honoring Rebecca Luker by Fred Landau

 In the Times obit, it's mentioned that Danny and Rebecca met on the show "Time and Again, " which Skip wrote with Jack Viertel, though they started dating the following year,  (That pr…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 12:12PM
Friday, December 11, 2020

Saluting Irish Rep for really stepping up as an example: We offer a pragmatic-for-2020 "Meet Me on Zoom in St Louis". by Fred Landau

 An off-B'way parody-tribute: Saluting the Irish Rep with a pragmatic-in-2020 "Meet Me on Zoom in St Louis" https://youtu.be/bBNVI5PCmiM"Have a Merry Distant Christmas (and Have it Yours…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 09:21AM
Sunday, December 6, 2020

Remembering actor David Prowse, who became best known embodying Darth Vader by Fred Landau

 A quick "Darth of Your World" - the parody asks: Will we ever get to see Darth Vader in "Disney's Star Wars" onstage? https://youtu.be/zBgUp7OrFbk R.I.P. David Prowse, the distinguished …

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 09:25PM
Monday, November 23, 2020

If you've started looking for musical material for the holiday season' by Fred Landau

For the Rockefeller Center "scrawny Christmas tree" controversy.  Is it really worse than any earlier trees before they were decorated, or is it just hitting us as sad because it's 2020. …

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 01:36AM
Friday, November 20, 2020

Our videos about trying to find socially distant versions of musicals, laughing because if you don't laugh you might despair by Fred Landau

 These were about trying to find socially distant versions of musicals, laughing because if you don't laugh you might despair.  "MY FAR LADY" The flower girl is given a mask sewn from…

SOURCE: Music and Comedy at 09:12AM
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

All that Chat

REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre