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DrSue Passover Comedy

DrSue Passover Comedy

DrSue Passover Comedy

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Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz Sings her funny original song: “Matzo Ball Romance” Teddly Bear Puppet plays Matzo Box Tambourine!

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Susan Horowitz is a Speaker and Author of “Queens of Comedy” (Interviews with Comedy Legends: Lucille Ball, Joan Rivers, Carol Burnett, Phyllis Diller)!

Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz Sings Funny Original Passover Song “Matzo Ball Romance”

Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz Sings Funny Original Passover Song “Matzo Ball Romance”

DrSue Passover Comedy! Here’s the link to DrSue performance of “Matzoh Ball Romance” at the legendary @Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret in New York City! (“Matzo” and “matzoh” are alternative spellings.)

Please scroll down for lyrics and Dr. Sue’s Contact information!

Dr. Sue Sings “Matzoh Ball Romance”

Dr. Sue Sings “Matzoh Ball Romance” @ Don’t Tell Mama Cabaret

Dr. Sue Sings “Matzoh Ball Romance”
"Matzo Ball Romance"  by Susan "Dr. Sue" Horowitz 
I was sittin' at a seder 
In a temple of worship 
When a cute guy sat right next to me 
He said, "I am single, and I am a doctor 
I have an Ivy degree."  

My Mama said, "Girl, meet a man at a temple 
It's better than a barroom or dance. 
Don't keep your heart locked or 
Miss out on a doctor 
A beautiful Matzo Ball Romance."  

I was lookin' at my cell phone  
When I saw a text message 
From my romance so kosher and nice 
He said, "I am lonely, visit my office 
I'll give you a discounted price."  

My Mama said, "Girl, when you go to a temple 
Keep your eye out for someone in pants." 
Don't know what to call it: 
His eye on my wallet 
Not a beautiful Matzo Ball Romance." 

Yeah, I went back to the temple. 
He saw me but he ran away  (Like a chicken)  
So I looked 'round the room I made a new friend.  
There's something that I'd like to say:   

"Fellas and girls, when you go to a temple 
Don't be afraid, take a chance 
Some folks are chicken 
But true friends are rib-stickin' 
Like a beautiful Matzo Ball Romance. 

Music and Lyrics 
by  Susan "Dr. Sue" Horowitz 
copyright 2022

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Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Entertaining Motivational Speaker-Author-Educator-Singer/Songwriter.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
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DrSue Sings Sondheim parody Send Me a Brownie

DrSue Sings Sondheim parody Send Me a Brownie

DrSue Sings Sondheim parody Send Me a Brownie

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DrSue Sings Sondheim parody Send Me a Brownie

DrSue Sings Sondheim parody Send Me a Brownie

I’m Susan Horowitz a.k.a. DrSue, and I’m a great admirer of Stephen Sondheim’s work. When I was invited to perform “Send in the Clowns” in a Talent Showcase, I gladly accepted. However, we are currently in a pandemic, and group singing is known to be a high-risk activity. When the producer assigned a group song, I decided to cancel my live participation.

I still love Sondheim’s songs, so I’d like like to share my research, my thoughts, and my funny parody “Send Me a Brownie” (Scroll down for song video and lyrics.)

“Send in the Clowns” by Stephen Sondheim

“Send in the Clowns” is beautiful and touching. The song offers the performer and audience a poignant, dramatic moment of irony, rueful sadness, dignity, and at last, hope.

Popularity of “Send in the Clowns” by Stephen Sondheim

“Send in the Clowns” is one of the few songs from his theatre works that also achieved popular acclaim as an independent song. Some of the famous singers who recorded their own versions include: Frank Sinatra, Bernadette Peters, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Short, and Sarah Vaughan. It also has become a beloved standard in concerts, piano bars (especially those that feature show tunes), and cabaret shows.

What is the secret of the success of “Send In the Clowns”? There are a few reasons: the sentiment (the heartbreaking disappointment of losing romantic love) is universal. The singer is relatable and appealing – in and out of the the story of A Little Night Music.

The language takes us into the elegant world of educated nineteenth century society. We may not use phrases like “Isn’t it rich?” but we understand them. We also enjoy the theatrical references, which are natural to the character, who is an actress. Sondheim’s rhymes are perfect (as always) but don’t distract with cleverness.

On a practical level, “Send In the Clowns” (compared to other Sondheim songs), is relatively easy to sing and can be performed by many popular singers. The melody has a limited vocal range, and it can stay well within the singer’s comfortable chest voice.

The words are easy to pronounce, without the tongue-twisting, breathless patter of some other Sondheim songs, for example, “I’m Not Getting Married Today” from Sondheim’s current Broadway show Company. http://www.companymusical.com

Sondheim composed “Send In the Clowns” for the character “Desiree Armfeldt” in A Little Night Music. The role was originated by actress-singer Glynis Johns, who had a limited vocal range but was an excellent actress. It can be performed by many singers who can act a song without Broadway musical training or vocal chops.

Lovers of American Popular Music can visit and/or join American Popular Song Society https://www.apssinc.org/

“Send in the Clowns” musical A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim

The lyric for “Send In the Clowns” is in fact, a tremendous platform for an acting driven song performance. The lyric (which you can scroll down to read) is sung by the character “Desiree Armfeldt”. Desiree is a touring actress, who had previously rejected a marriage proposal from the lawyer Fredrik. But she has now returned to his hometown and realizes that she wants to commit to their future together. Fredrik, however, is newly married to a much younger bride, who dotes on him (though she refuses to have sex with him).

After Desiree and Fredrik consummate their own reunion in her bed, Fredrik tells Desiree that he is infatuated with his childlike wife and unavailable. Desiree realizes that her dream of commitment with Fredrik is over. She looks at her own theatrical career and love life with rueful irony as she struggles to let him go and maintain her own dignity.

The phrase “Send in the Clowns” refers to the moment in a play where everything is falling apart and somebody makes jokes to divert the audiences. The “clowns” are also the two former lovers, especially Desiree, who feels like a fool.

Clowns are one aspect of comedy, another is parody. Hope you enjoy my parody of “Send in the Clowns” I call it: “Send Me a Brownie” (Scroll Down for Parody and Original Lyric.)

DrSue Sings Sondheim parody Send Me a Brownie

DrSue Sings Sondheim parody Send Me a Brownie

Send Me A Brownie (parody lyric by Susan Horowitz/DrSue)
Isn't it rich? 
Chocolate and square
Soon as the light goes on
You will be there 
Send Me A Brownie

Brownies are bliss
Some won't approve 
I'll put on pound after pound
Till I can't move
I'm getting round
Send Me A Brownie

Romantic love, knocking on doors
I need what's in refrigerators
Don't need no make-up not even a smidge
Brownies are here
Inside my fridge

No ifs ands or buts
Chocolate and nuts
Chewy and gooey with milk 
I don't need beer
Don't need to spread 
Cream cheese on bread
Don't need a schmear 

Isn't it rich? 
Chocolate and square
So deep inside
My fridgidair
Who needs a clown? 
I hate a clown
Send Me A Brownie

Parody Lyric by Susan Horowitz/Dr. Sue

Switch the Musical by Susan Horowitz/DrSue Singer-Songwriter

“Queens of Comedy” by Susan Horowitz (DrSue)

As you can see, I love to perform and write about comedy! Here’s a link to my book “Queens of Comedy” based on my interviews with legendary female comedians!

In my previous appearance Seth Bisen-Hersh Talent Showcase at Don’t Tell Mama, I sang songs from my original show Switch the Musical. Hope you enjoy!

DrSue Don't Tell Mama

Here’s the video of my singing “Switch the Musical” songs!

DrSue /Susan Horowitz Singer-Songwriter “Switch the Musical” at Don’t Tell Mama

Dr. Sue/ DrSue Sings “Switch the Musical” www.SwitchtheMusical.com

Contact DrSue /Susan Horowitz

Contact DrSue/Susan Horowitz through my Social Media Upper Right of Website, or Email drsue at drsue dot com.

“Send in the Clowns” Lyric by Stephen Sondheim

"Send In the Clowns" 

Isn't it rich? 
Are we a pair? 
Me here at last on the ground
You in mid-air.
Where are the clowns?

Isn't it bliss? 
Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around
One who can't move 
Where are the clowns? 
Send in the clowns. 

Just when I stopped opening doors
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours
Making my entrance at last with my usual flair
Sure of my lines, no one is there.

Don't you love farce? 
My fault I fear
I thought that you'd want what I want
Sorry, my dear 
And where are the clowns? 
Send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here

Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer
Losing my timing this late in my career
And where are the clowns? 
There ought to be clowns
Well, maybe next year

Disclaimer: 
"Send in the Clowns" Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim is quoted for educational purposes only.  

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Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Entertaining Motivational Speaker-Author-Educator-Singer/Songwriter.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
smashwords.com/books/view/219367

“Switch the Musical” www.switchthemusical.com

Dr. Sue YouTube Channel
youtube.com/user/drsuecomedian/videos

DrSue New Word Reunion Positive Entertainment

DrSue New Word “Reunion” Dr. Sue Positive Entertainment and Education

DrSue New Word "Reunion" Dr. Sue & Valerie 

Dr. Sue and Valerie are old friends having a reunion. We were apart, but we are together again. A Reunion brings back memories. As we reconnect to friends and family, we also connect to parts of ourselves from an earlier time. The word “Reunion” relates to other words like “union” (more than one thing or person joined together as one; “re” is a prefix that means “again”). “Union” connects to words like “united”, United States of America, and the European Union. “Union” relates to words in English like “one” and other languages: “uno” (Spanish and Italian), and “une” (French).

DrSue New Word One Minute Videos (hosted by Dr. Sue) include a catchy jingle, happy logo, videos, photos, original songs – Perfect for All Media!

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Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Entertaining Motivational Speaker-Author-Educator-Singer/Songwriter.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
smashwords.com/books/view/219367

“Switch the Musical” www.switchthemusical.com

Dr. Sue YouTube Channel
youtube.com/user/drsuecomedian/videos

Dr. Sue and Statue of Liberty

Dr. Sue Sings Songs and Soul Food Original Song and Video Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Celebrates Liberty, Unity, and Joy! Positive Entertainment

Dr. Sue Celebrates the Statue of Liberty, Freedom, Unity, and Joy! Her Blue Dress, Red Wine, Apple, and Orange enourage us to Join together for Fun and Community!

Enjoy Dr. Sue’s original song-video from her popular YouTube Channel youtube.com/drsuecomedian ! Please Like and Subscribe to Channel. Feel Free to Share Songs, Food, Wine, Activity, Prayer, Thought, or Hope that Feeds Your Soul!

Scroll Down for Lyrics, which you may sing and share! Music available on Request.

Dr. Sue Sings “Songs and Soul Food” and Invites You to Share!

Freedom is Soul Food 

Freedom is  soul food 
Friends are soul food
Take a tour, and I am sure
We'll share good company

Freedom is soul food 
Friends are soul food
We can share the things we love 
With a special friend
Won't you be my friend...

copyright 2029 Susan Horowitz ("Dr. Sue")
"Friends Are Soul Food" is also a complete song with Written Music 
Available on Request from Susan "Dr. Sue" Horowitz

Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz, Ph.D. is an Entertaining, Motivational Speaker, Singer-Songwriter, Educator, Author. Please use Contact Form to Reach out!

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Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.
Entertaining Motivational Speaker-Author-Educator-Singer/Songwriter.

Book: “Queens of Comedy”
(Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!)
smashwords.com/books/view/219367

“Switch the Musical” www.switchthemusical.com

Dr. Sue YouTube Channel
youtube.com/user/drsuecomedian/videos

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Dr. Sue Sings “Teach You In Time” WOS Radio Positive Entertainment

Women of SubstanceDr.  Sue sings her original song “Teach You In Time” WOS (Women of Substance) Radio It’s part of WOS Songs for Mothers Series (My Podcast is May 10) WOS Radio broadcasts Dr. Sue’s other original songs: “The Heroes of Nine-Eleven” (Courage) “Happy Hanu-Krismas” (Interfaith Holiday) “Slow As Honey” (Romantic) Here is a link to Dr. Sue singing her original song “Teach You In Time” copyright Susan Horowitz

  Here is a Link to Dr. Sue talking about her song “Teach You In Time” 

Unsolicited Comment: “Fantastic. Your voice and message of your music is so full of nurturing love. It’s like I was hearing the voice of “my  mom” so beautiful and supportive.” Rashida Here is a link to Dr. Sue’s Album “For Heroes and Lovers” https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/drsue2 This album includes “Teach You In Time” (free download) – plus romantic and inspirational songs. As a Teacher/Mentor/Godmother, I celebrate all kinds of families! Celebrate your own Family – by Birth or Choice!  

 

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net

 www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos  

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Dr. Sue Dance Parade Positive Entertainment

Red Silk Dancers with Dr. Sue - Dance Parade

Red Silk Dancers & Dr. Sue

We’re “dancing in the street” and on the stage at the annual Dance Parade! The parade route boogies down Broadway  to Tompkins Square Park, NYC to celebrate the performing arts and multi-cultural fun! Web: www.danceparade.org Dancing divas, colorful costumes, and diversity rule the day in New York City! Here I am with the beautiful Red Silk Dancers – a Chinese-American Company that performs traditional and contemporary dance.  http://redsilkdancers.weebly.com/    
Pure Onyx Movement & Dr. Sue - Dance Parade

Pure Onyx Movement Dr. Sue

Brooklyn is in the house – with Pure Onyx Movement – an American company that celebrates its African/International roots, Belly Dancing, and Inter-Generational Sisterhood! Director Jeannie Mitchell says, “We breathe together.” Here I am with Pure Onyx Movement! Web: http://pureonyxmovement.webs.com/      
Navatman Dancers with Dr. Sue - Dance Parade

Navatman Dancers & Dr. Sue

Is Bollywood calling? Navatman is a South Asian Dance and Music Company.  The troupe and school is based in New York and trains dancers in traditional Indian performance styles. Here I am with the Navatman dancers. There are two lovely ladies and two utterly charming children. Web: www.navatman.org        
Dancing Wheels & Dr. Sue

Dancing Wheels & Dr. Sue

    Diversity means more than multi-culturalism. It extends to the differently abled – like members of The Dancing Wheels Company and School. Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, may be in a wheelchair, but her passion for dance, vision of possibilities, and sheer capability have created a company and school where thousands of children and adults with and without disabilities study and perform together. Web: www.dancingwheels.org  
Dancing Wheels - Mary Verdi-Fletcher

Dancing Wheels

  “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” – Robert Browning       (Photos by Jay Berman) Hope you enjoy hearing me sing my original song: “You Can Be a Hero” copyright 2015 Susan Horowitz Creative Living by Dr. Sue: Support the Arts! Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy,  or civilization!

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367 Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net  www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos  
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Dr. Sue “A Jewish Girl Named Tex” Positive Entertainment

A Jewish Girl Named Tex - Photo by Russ Weatherford

A Jewish Girl Named Tex – Photo by Russ Weatherford

A song publisher once advised me to write story songs. He said that some of our favorite songs tell stories.  Audiences enjoy them,  and they’re hard to get! I love stories, comedy, and writing challenges! I also  believe that if you can do something a bit unusual, you have a real advantage, so I was excited about taking a class in comedy songwriting at my favorite songwriting/performance camps (www.Summersongs.com ),  and Posi Music Festival at Empowerma.com in Orlando, Florida). I wound up writing and performing my song “A Jewish Girl Named Tex” in many venues, including Summersongs concerts and New York City cabarets.    Please enjoy the video, and read on for a few thoughts about writing story songs and comedy. Video: “A Jewish Girl Named Tex” ) Sue Tex (2)1. What makes a great story?  One of the most important elements is a central character with a strong “want”.  Also, when a sympathetic character is unfairly mistreated and/or headed for trouble, we worry and want to know what comes next.   In “A  Jewish Girl Named Tex” the main character is abandoned by her parents, confused about her identity, and looking for love.  Sympathetic? You bet!)  The other important character – the impulsive mother – gets used and dumped by a no-goodnik, but she’s still “hopin’ for romance.”   What happens? The song takes you on a journey that answers these questions. 2. What makes something funny? Question #1 doesn’t sound funny – but it is, because comedy is rooted in pain – as long as it’s framed as comedy pain and uses comic writing/performing techniques. How do you do that? To answer that question (plus questions about comic combos like Brooklyn girls and cowboys, song structure, rhyme, punch lines, audience participation, etc) , we need more than a short blog.   I invite all writers/performers (amateur and expert) to contact me for workshops in New York City, Online via Email, and at Summersongs.com and Posi Music Festival. RickBassSueI also invite you to hear me sing  romantic songs & parodies in New York City and songwriting camps like Summersongs! Creative Living: Do What You Love – and Be Part of a Community: I love writing and performing songs.  What do you love? Can you find a way to connect (via camps, conferences, meet-up groups, clubs, professional associations, etc.) that supports who you are. Chances are you’ll find more than feedback on your skills – you’ll find friends and community. (Editor/Photographer: Jay Berman, Videography: Jim Vern)

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367 Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net  www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos    
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Dr. Sue Media Personality Positive Entertainment

Sue Pink Sweater 2X2Dr. Sue shares Creative Living Tips on WBAB-WBLI Radio! Life & Love Tips plus Entertaining Banter & Songs ‘How do you deal with stress? Does your own life and relationship seem lacking? Are you comparing your life with glamorous images in the media? Dr. Sue encourages you to celebrate your life!   WBAB Logo WBLI Logo     “Plugged Into Long Island” with host Donna Donna   Dr. Sue: Media Personality Radio/TV! Recording of entire show available on request. RickCamera2Sue “Dr. Sue” Horowitz (Vocalist)  & Rick Bogart (Clarinet/Musical Director)  Perform Jazz Standards, Romantic  Songs & Clever Parodies Broadway Thai Restaurant  241 West 51st Street (btwn Broadway-8th Ave) NYC Saturday/Sunday Nights  (212) 226-4565, No Cover. Thai &  American Food & Drinks are delicious (and reasonable) Creative Living: Celebrate Your Life!  Comparing yourself to others who seem more fortunate (and we don’t usually know the inside story) creates unhappiness.  Change what you can (be bold), and if you cannot,  appreciate what you have! Live Your Dream!: I love to sing, and the chance to sing with the world renowned Rick Bogart Jazz Trio is a dream.  If you have a dream, go for it!  If a door doesn’t open, try a window (of opportunity)! Act As If: My radio host Donna Donna shared with me that when she started on the air, she wasn’t very good, so she imagined what a host whom she admired would do.  She acted “as if” she had his confidence, and as she got better, she did!  Nobody is born a successful media host, performer, athlete, author – or whatever you imagine yourself to be.  Keep improving your skills, get in the game, and act “as if”! (Editor/Photographer: Jay Berman; Media Agent: Nancy M. Melito)

Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D.

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and more!) www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367 Musical: “SssWitch”: www.ssswitch.net  www.YouTube.com/drsuecomedian https://www.youtube.com/feed/my_videos