Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me is the ultimate tribute to self-deprecation, which is the popular comedian and movie star’s stock in trade. Backed by singers, dancers and musicians, Short takes a highly satirical look at his life in show business, while poking fun at the myriad self-celebrating extravaganzas that have hit Broadway in recent years.
The show was conceived Short and the “Hairspray” duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The production features music by Shaiman, lyrics by Wittman and Shaiman and direction by Wittman. Shaiman, as musical director, will also appear on stage
Out-of-town tryouts are still under way, but 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. And you might expect songs with titles like “12 Step Pappy” and “Sniff, Sniff.”
He might seem down on himself, but Short is no stranger to Broadway, having appeared in musicals such as “The Goodbye Girl” and a revival of “Little Me.”