Joining him onstage will be Brooks Ashmanskas (Little Me), Mary Birdsong ("Reno 911"), Capathia Jenkins (Caroline, or Change) and Nicole Parker ("Mad TV"). They will play numerous different roles alongside Short "guiding the audience through an improbable musical version of his life story," according to press materials.
The structural nature of the long-gestating show has been something of an enigma up until now, but a new press release describes it thusly: "Fame Becomes Me begins with Short and company singing the exuberant 'Party with Marty,' launching what he intends to be a celebration of his 'fabulous, perfect life.' Very quickly, it becomes clear the audience—addicted to Oprah and 'Behind the Music' — expects scandal and angst from their star. Lacking any in his own life, Short frantically modifies his life story as he and the cast tell it, adding the requisite struggle, pain and psychobabble to fabricate an increasingly hilarious alternative autobiography."
The show will play engagements at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco April 25-May 21; Toronto's Canon Theatre May 27-July 2; and in Chicago at the LaSalle Bank Theatre July 5-16. It will arrive on Broadway at the Jacobs Theatre on July 22.
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."
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.