Variety reports that the "musical mock-autobiography" will open at a Shubert theatre to be named Aug. 10. The production features music by Shaiman, lyrics by Wittman and Shaiman and direction by Wittman. Shaiman, who will musical direct, will also be seen onstage. Wittman and Shaiman's Fame Becomes Me score includes such tunes as "Stepbrother de Jesus," "12 Step Pappy" and "Sniff, Sniff."
Four performers will join Short onstage, one of whom is expected to be Brooks Ashmanskas. The actor recently bowed out of a scheduled revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Huntington Theatre Company because "he was cast in...a Broadway musical," according to the Boston theatre.
Fame Becomes Me, according to press notes, will feature Short "in a tour de force performance guiding us through an improbable version of his life story in a transparent play for love and attention."
Two out-of-town tryouts are scheduled for Fame Becomes Me: April 25-May 1 at the San Francisco's Curran Theatre and July 5-16 at Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre.
The show is expected to feature Short reprising some of his more familiar characters, including Ed Grimley and other creations from his "SCTV" and "Saturday Night Live" days, as well as his later cable creation Jiminy Glick.
Short's show was previously titled If I'd Saved, I Wouldn't Be Here.