Bernadette Peters, Ben Stiller and More to Guest at Fame Becomes Me

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Ben Stiller, Kathryn Erbe, Mariska Hargitay, Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber will make guest appearances at upcoming performances of Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me at the Jacobs Theatre.

Each artist will take part in the celebrity-interview portion of the show, where he or she will be interviewed by Short's alter ego, Jiminy Glick. "Meet the Parents" star Stiller is scheduled to appear at the Dec. 19 7 PM performance, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" actress Erbe on Dec. 20 at 8 PM, Emmy winner Hargitay on Dec. 21 at 8 PM, two-time Tony winner Peters on Dec. 22 at 8 PM and stage and screen star Garber on Dec. 23 at 8 PM.

As previously announced, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, the new production spotlighting the talents of Tony Award winner Short, will play its final performance at the Jacobs Theatre Jan. 7, 2007, at 3 PM.

Among the many other celebrities who have occupied the "hot seat" 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.

Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me 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 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."

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