The stage and screen star will fill in for the vacationing Regis Philbin opposite Kelly Ripa. Guests will include actor Danny DeVito and musical act Five for Fighting.
Short won the Tony Award for his Broadway turn in Little Me and was also nominated for The Goodbye Girl. Both Short and Jason Alexander co-starred in the Los Angeles staging of Mel Brooks' The Producers for an eight-month run at the Pantages Theatre.
Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me — which will open on Broadway Aug. 17 — also stars Brooks Ashmanskas (Little Me), Mary Birdsong ("Reno 911"), Capathia Jenkins (Caroline, or Change) and Nicole Parker ("Mad TV") in what is billed as "an improbable musical version of [Short's] life story," according to press materials.
The production features music by Shaiman, lyrics by Wittman and Shaiman and direction by Wittman. Shaiman will also be seen onstage. 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." Alan Zweibel recently joined the creative team, providing "additional material."
The book for the show was penned by Short and Daniel Goldfarb. Christopher Gatelli will choreograph. The creative team will also include Scott Pask (set design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), lighting designer Chris Lee and sound design by Peter Hylenski. Orchestrations are provided by Larry Blank.