Little Me, the Cy Coleman musical starring Martin Short and Faith Prince, will end its run at the Roundabout Theatre Company Feb. 7. Before the cast leaves town, however, they will congregate on Monday, Feb. 1, to record the show for Varese Sarabande. The album will be released on Mar. 9, said spokesperson Kevin Rehac (of Keith Sherman & Associates). Bruce Kimmel will produce the recording.
[As a curious side note, Kimmel has recently made a splash in film as one of the minds behind the teen slasher hit "The Faculty." Apparently, Kimmel and David Wechter penned the screenplay some years ago. The script received no attention, however, until Kevin Williamson's recent string of horror films, such as "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer," hit gold, creating a demand for similar material. Only then was the Kimmel Wechter screenplay unearthed, given a rewrite by Williamson and committed to celluloid.]
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.
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.
Little Me'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.