Martin Short's Fame Becomes Me to Open on Broadway in August

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Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, conceived by Tony Award winner Short and Hairspray's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will open on Broadway in August.
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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.

The book for the show was penned by Daniel Goldfarb; Christopher Gatelli will choreograph. The creative team will also include Scott Pask (set design) and Jess Goldstein (costume design).

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 most recently starred in the Los Angeles debut of The Producers as Leo Bloom. He won a Tony for Little Me and also starred in Broadway's The Goodbye Girl.

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Short's show was previously titled If I'd Saved, I Wouldn't Be Here.

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