Bway's Little Me To Run To Feb. 7; L.A. Deal Still in Works

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After an initial extension to Jan. 24, announced before the show even opened, Broadway's Little Me has announced a further extension -- with the show now closing Feb. 7, 1999.

After an initial extension to Jan. 24, announced before the show even opened, Broadway's Little Me has announced a further extension -- with the show now closing Feb. 7, 1999.

The staging, said to be the largest in Roundabout Theatre history, stars Martin Short and Faith Prince.

The show's long-rumored move to Los Angeles is still not official. Roundabout spokesperson Erin Dunn (of Boneau/Bryan-Brown) told PBOL (Jan. 8) that she has heard rumors, but since Roundabout would not be repping the move, information might not come through that office.

Producer Fran Weissler confirmed that negotiations were in progress in December, telling PBOL, "We have talked about it; we did want to move it with Martin [Short] because he wants to be there with his family." Weissler also said a Los Angeles venue for the show is yet to be determined.

In Little Me, Faith Prince plays Belle Poitrine. Though Belle is the central character, the wildly different men she meets in her highly eventful life are played by same actor (Martin Short), making it a tour-de force for a male comedy performer. A spokesperson from Short's NY agency (William Morris) confirmed that negotiations were in progress but told PBOL, "It's not set, yet."

Faith Prince's agent Gary Gersh (Innovative Artists) also indicated negotiations were under way, but added that nothing was definite. "Faith has the contractual right to do it and would like to do it in L.A.," he said.

In New York, the musical co-stars two veterans of Off Broadway's Forbidden Broadway revue, Michael McGrath and Christine Pedi. McGrath was showcased in the Broadway musical Swinging on a Star and was a well-received Groucho in Off-Broadway's The Coconuts. He was also an original cast member of Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know.

Also in the show are soap star Michael Park and Charles Busch veteran, Ruth Williamson (The Green Heart ), alongside Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Benson, Michael Arnold, Jeffrey Hankinson, Ned Hannah, Denis Jones, Michael McEachron, Roxanne Barlow, Caroline Liadakus, Susan Misner, Cynthia Onrubia, Joey Pizzi, Josh Prince and Courtney Young.

1962's Little Me has music by Coleman (City of Angels, Sweet Charity, The Will Rogers Follies ), lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and book by Simon. Songs in Little Me, include "I've Got Your Number," "Real Live Girl" and "Be A Performer."

Short, comedy star of "SCTV," "Saturday Night Live" and the film Father of the Bride and Three Amigos, play roles originated by Sid Caesar and recreated in the 1980s by Victor Garber. Short appeared in the Encores!' concert staging last season of Promises, Promises.

Short made his Broadway debut in another Neil Simon musical, the short lived 1993 The Goodbye Girl. Other Simon plays include Proposals, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Sunshine Boys and Fools.

Other recent Roundabout musical revivals include 1776, She Loves Me and Company.

For tickets and information on Roundabout shows call (212) 719-1300. Seven play subscriptions run $231-$288, with discounted series for teachers and for kids ages 13-18.

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