Fame Becomes Me to Close in January

News   Fame Becomes Me to Close in January Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, the new production spotlighting the talents of Tony Award winner Short, will play its final performance at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Jan. 7, 2007, at 3 PM.
Martin Short in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.
Martin Short in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Photo by Paul Kolnik

By the time it closes Fame Becomes Me will have played 22 previews and 165 regular performances. A 35-week national tour will launch in 2007; details will be announced shortly.

In a statement producer Scott Zeiger said, "There is no harder working star than Martin Short. He has given himself tirelessly and brilliantly to this project for over a year, and played eights shows a week for more than 250 performances with no understudy and no break, unheard of in a musical role of this magnitude. We're proud to be able to go out on top, having played only profitable weeks on Broadway, and allow Marty time to shoot 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' prior to beginning rehearsals for our national tour."

Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me — which played tryouts in San Francisco, Toronto and Chicago — was conceived by Tony Award winner Short (Little Me) and Hairspray's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The production features music by Shaiman (who is also a cast member), lyrics by Wittman and Shaiman and direction by Wittman. Charlie Alterman is the musical director. Wittman and Shaiman's Fame Becomes Me score includes such tunes as "Stepbrother de Jesus," "12 Step Pappy" and "Sniff, Sniff."

Daniel Goldfarb co-wrote the book, and Alan Zweibel is also part of the creative team, providing "additional material."

The company features Brooks Ashmanskas, Mary Birdsong, Capathia Jenkins, Donna Vivino and onstage musical director Shaiman. The structural nature of the long-gestating show is described thusly: "Leading the audience through a breathless 100 minute romp, Short re-enacts such imagined lifetime high points as his birth in 1976; his abusive father, a legendary Saskatchewan song and dance man; his heartbreaking Golden Globe-nominated performance as a mentally challenged concentration camp survivor and even his afterlife in show biz heaven. Along the way, superstars including Sarah Jessica Parker, Liz Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Jodi Foster and Renee Zellweger are conjured nightly along side Short's unforgettable characters Jiminy Glick, Ed Grimley and Irving Cohen."

Among the many celebrities who have taken part in the celebrity-interview portion of the show — where they are interviewed by Short's alter ego Jiminy Glick — are Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Nathan Lane, Rosie O'Donnell, Conan O'Brien, Rosanne Barr, Jimmy Fallon, Regis Philbin, Al Roker, Stephen Colbert, Stanley Tucci, Dennis Miller, Kristin Chenoweth, James Belushi, Tracey Ullman, Martha Stewart, Larry King and Bette Midler.

An original cast recording of Fame Becomes Me will be released in February 2007 on the Ghostlight Records label.

For more information visit www.martinshortthemusical.com.

(L-R): Martin Short, Nicole Parker, Brooks Ashmanskas and Mary Birdsong in <i>Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me</i>.
(L-R): Martin Short, Nicole Parker, Brooks Ashmanskas and Mary Birdsong in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Photo by Paul Kolnik