In 2006 did you see the Broadway Musical
Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me ?
In July 2006, Martin Short, the well known Canadian comedian opened his one man show (with an ensemble) Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. He played himself and many of his famous characters including Ed Grimley. Each night featured a surprise celebrity visitor, including Nathan Lane, Donny Osmond, Kevin Kline, Ben Stiller, Harvey Fierstein, Bette Midler, Rosie O'Donnell, and many many others. On January 7, 2007, Short closed the successful show on a high note.
This was the official website or the Broadway musical, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me
Content is from the site's 2006 archived pages as well as from other outside sources.
Martin Short "Fame Becomes Me" Jack FM Promo
Don't sell this guy short! He's a truly funny man who doesn't deserve to be criticized for his height. We were chatting backstage when one of his buddies came in with an electronic vaporizer what he called an e-cigarette. It made a huge cloud of smoke-like vapor (wasn't really smoke) which amazed us. Martin asked to try it and totally loved it, making all kinds of obscene jokes about sucking on something for kicks. But the vaporizer was a new technology that had promise for the stage and Martin latched onto that aspect immediately, and in a serious discussion asked about whether the device could be miniaturized further. His friend explained that he had just the thing. He'd been a partner in the business that was importing these tiny 510 cartridges for a test market here in the US. 510 stands for the thread count on the battery that connects to the 510 cartridge - the part that generates the nicotine hit (or the THC, or flavored whatever). I don't know if Short ever used this in his act, but while I was there he walked through some great ideas, most involved exploiting the giant cloud that the vape device created as you exhaled. I felt like I was observing the introduction of a new kind of technology onto the performance of a celebrity comic. Will catch up with him later and report back...
"HILARIOUS! It's a satirical tour de force! One of the great comic geniuses of our age, Short is the complete entertainment package."
Meet The Cast
Martin Short, born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is a veteran of theatre in Canada and on Broadway. Short appeared in the Broadway productions of Neil Simon and Cy Coleman’s Little Me (Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl (Tony Award nomination, Theater World Award, Outer Critics Circle Award) and in the Encores! Series in Neil Simon’s Promises, Promises. In Los Angeles, he appeared in Lawrence Kasdan’s production of John Patrick Shanley’s Four Dogs and a Bone and Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Short began his theatrical career in the Toronto production of Godspell. In 1982, he joined the “SCTV Comedy Network” where his work garnered an Emmy Award. Short's ability as a comedic chameleon brought him to "Saturday Night Live,” where his standout performances included Ed Grimley, Jackie Rogers Jr., legendary songwriter Irving Cohen and lawyer Nathan Thurm. He co-wrote, produced and starred in three highly acclaimed television comedy specials: "Martin Short's Concert for the North Americas" (Ace Award); "I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood" (Ace Award); and "The Show Formerly Known As The Martin Short Show” (Emmy Award). He co-starred in the miniseries “Merlin” (Emmy nomination) and “Alice in Wonderland” as the Mad Hatter. In the fall of 1999 he hosted the daily “The Martin Short Show” (nine Emmy nominations). From 2001-2003, Short co-wrote, produced and starred as star-interviewer extraordinaire Jiminy Glick in “Primetime Glick” (Emmy nomination). Short made the jump to the big screen in 1986 with Three Amigos and Innerspace. Among his other films are Three Fugitives, The Big Picture, Clifford, Father of the Bride (1 & 2), Mars Attacksand Jiminy Glick in La La Wood. In 1994, Short was awarded Canada’s highest civilian honor, The Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian culture and was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in June 2000. Mr. Short worships and adores his wife Nancy and their children Katherine, Oliver and Henry.
Brooks Ashmanskas(Comedy All Star) Broadway: The Producers(Susan Stroman, director); Gypsy (Sam Mendes, dir., also CD); Little Me (Rob Marshall, dir., CD); Dream (Wayne Cilento, dir.); How to Succeed… (Des McAnuff, dir.); On the Twentieth Century (Peter Flynn, dir.). Off Broadway: Wise Guys (Sam Mendes, dir.); On a Clear Day (Mark Brokaw, dir.); Labor Day(Jack O’Brien, dir.); Songs for a New World (Daisy Prince, dir., CD); London Suite (Daniel Sullivan, dir.); It Changes Every Year (Nicholas Martin, dir.). Regional: Huntington, Hartford, Old Globe, Williamstown. Tours: Cinderella, Noises Off.
Mary Birdsong (Comedy All Star). Theatre: Adult Entertainment (Off-B’Way. Stanley Donen, dir.); Palm Beach (Naked Angels. Robert Carey, dir.);Julius Caesar (Moonwork. Gregory Wolfe, dir.). Mary also wrote and starred in Judy Speaks (Ars Nova. Gregory Wolfe, dir.). TV: “Reno 911,” “The Daily Show w/Jon Stewart,” “Ed,” & “Late Night w/Conan O’Brien.” Film: Reno 911: Miami; Beer League, Pizza.
Capathia Jenkins, (Comedy All Star) Broadway: Caroline or Change, The Look of Love, The Civil War. Off-Broadway: Godspell. National and European tours: Ain't Misbehavin', Dreamgirls, Bubblin' Brown Sugar. Regional: Children of Eden. Film: Marci X. Television: "The Practice," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Third Watch," "The Sopranos." Film soundtracks: Chicago, Legally Blonde 2. A proud member of AEA.
Nicole Parker (Comedy All Star). Proud member of AEA. Broadway: Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever, Les Miserables (Original Cast, also recording). National Tour: Hairspray. Regional: The Opposite of Sex (World Premiere – Bobette), Joseph… (Narrator), Footloose (Wendy Jo). Film: Everyday People (HBO), Married to It. Television: “Hometown,” “All My Children.” Donna will be seen in the upcoming musical Legally Blonde directed by Jerry Mitchell. Thanks to Marc and Scott, and to Joe for his never-ending support.
Jill Abramovitz (Understudy). How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Workshop), Junie B. Jones (Heisler/Goldrich - Lucille Lortel), Cam Jansen(O'Keefe/Benjamin - The Lamb's), Bush Is Bad (The Triad), The Riot Act(sketch writer/performer). As a lyricist, Jill is the recipient of the Harrington Award for excellence in the BMI Workshop.
Charlie Alterman (Music Director/Understudy). Broadway: Brooklyn, Avenue Q. National tour: Grease (starring Frankie Avalon). Off-Broadway: Almost Heaven, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know. Regional work includes Charles Strouse's You Never Know (world premiere, Trinity Rep) and eight seasons with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Concert appearances: Dana Reeve, Billy Porter, Carol Woods and Ken Page.
Aisha deHaas (Understudy). Broadway: Caroline, Or Change; Rent; Bring In Da Noise. Television: “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Ed.” Movies: Rent, The Secret Lives Of Dentists, Marci X. U.S. and European tours: Dreamgirls, Ain't Misbehavin', Little Shop Of Horrors, Oleta Adams (backing vocals). Member of AEA.
Edward Staudenmayer (Understudy). Forbidden Broadway, Beauty And The Beast, Scarlet Pimpernel, Joseph., The Great Ostrovsky (Barrymore nomination), Exactly Like You, Newsical, On The 20th Century, Noises Off, Bye Bye Birdie, 1776, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, MTV's “Celebrity Deathmatch.”
Meet The Creative Team
MARC SHAIMAN received both a Grammy and a Tony award for his work on Hairspray. He has toiled on more than 50 films including When Harry Met Sally, Beaches, Broadcast Ne, City Slickers, The Addams Family, A Few Good Men, Sister Act, Sleepless In Seattle, The First Wives Club, Patch Adams, The American President, In & Out, George of the Jungle and South Park. He has been nominated five times for an Oscar and lost every time. He started his career as vocal arranger for Bette Midler, eventually becoming her musical director and producer. Their collaboration on her Emmy Award-winning performance for Johnny Carson’s final “Tonight Show” will always remain a dream. He auditioned but was not chosen to play himself on her sitcom. Marc was an Emmy nominee for writing on “Saturday Night Live” (the Sweeney Sisters) and is an actual Emmy Award winner for co-writing Billy Crystal’s “Oscar Medleys.” He was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his arrangements for Harry Connick Jr. and he has worked with many other artists including Peter Allen, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Nathan Lane, Patti LuPone, Martin Short and Barbra Streisand. Marc has also finished (hopefully) writing Catch Me If You Can, a musicalization of the Steven Spielberg film.
SCOTT WITTMAN received the Tony and Grammy Award for his work on Hairspray. On Broadway, in concert, for film and television and in many a boite, Scott Wittman has conceived, written and/or directed and collaborated with the following (are you sitting?): Kristin Chenoweth, Jayne County, Sandy Duncan, Christine Ebersole, Dame Edna, Annie Golden, Debbie Gravitte, the High-Heeled Women, Allison Janney, Madeline Kahn, Lainie Kazan, Laura Kenyon (as Lainie Kazan), Nathan Lane, Ute Lemper, Darlene Love, Patti LuPone, Lypsinka, Ann Magnuson, Andrea Martin, Lonette McKee, Mike Myers, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Sex, Elaine Stritch, Bruce Vilanch, Rufus Wainwright, Raquel Welch, and Holly Woodlawn. Scott is currently co-writing Catch Me If You Can with Terrence McNally and Marc Shaiman to open on Broadway next season.
DANIEL GOLDFARB Off-Broadway: Modern Orthodox at Dodger Stages (featuring Jason Biggs, Molly Ringwald, and Craig Bierko – directed by James Lapine) Sarah, Sarah at Manhattan Theater Club (featuring J. Smith-Cameron and Richard Masur), Adam Baum and the Jew Movie at Blue Light (featuring Ron Leibman - 2000 NY Newsday Oppenheimer Award, 2003 Canadian Authors Association Award for Best Play, 2000 Dramatist’s Guild Hull-Warriner Award Finalist). All three plays received extended runs, and are published by Dramatists Play Service. They have been produced across the United States, as well as in Canada, Israel, Australia, and South Africa. In Development: musicals Jerry Christmas (with Andrew Lippa) and Party Come Here (with David Kirshenbaum), a new play for South Coast Rep.; Commissions: The Roundabout / Nederlander Organization, South Coast Rep. Grants: AT&T-OnStage, Lincoln Center Lecomte du Nouy Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, NEA. Education: The Juilliard School, NYU (BFA, MFA - now teaches playwriting and screenwriting there). Member: The Dramatist’s Guild, WGA, MCC’s Playwrights Coalition. Originally from Toronto, Daniel lives with his wife Marianna in New York.
ALAN ZWEIBEL (Additional Material). An original “Saturday Night Live” writer, Alan has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, Cable Ace and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which also includes PBS’s “Great Performances,” “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” (which he co-created and executive produced) as well as HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Alan’s Off-Broadway contributions have been the plays Between Cars and Comic Dialogue as well as Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy, which he adapted from his book. In films, he co-wrote the screenplays for Dragnet, North (adapted from his book) and The Story of Us. Zweibel’s humor has appeared in such diverse publications as Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed page and Mad Magazine and has been reprinted in numerous collections and anthologies. He recently had two books published – a Junior Library Guild award-winning children’s book titled Our Tree Named Steve and the critically acclaimed novel, The Other Shulman. He also collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays. However, the production that Alan is proudest of is the family he and his wife Robin have created with their three children: Adam, Lindsay, Sari and their newest family member, Adam’s wife Cori.
CHRISTOPHER GATTELLI (Choreographer). Some favorites- directed Silence! Silence of the Lambs: The Musical! (Best Musical Fringe Festival 2005). Off Broadway: Altar Boyz (Lortel Award, Joe Callaway Award, Drama Desk nom.); Bat Boy: The Musical! (Lortel Award); tick, tick...Boom! Directed the Broadway concert of Hair, A Charlie Brown Christmas, choreographed the Broadway concert of Chess with Josh Groban, resident choreographer for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”. Upcoming: High Fidelity - The Musical and Sunday in the Park with George, directing a “live Billboard” in Times Square, Emmett Otter’s Jug and Band Christmas and directing the re-invented 2007 Ringling Bros. Circus.
SCOTT PASK (Scenic Design) won the 2005 Tony Award for The Pillowman, which he originally designed for London's National Theatre. Other Broadway: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Wedding Singer, Urinetown(Lortel nom), Sweet Charity (2005, Drama Desk nom.), La Cage Aux Folles (05), Little Shop of Horrors, Nine(2003, Outer Critics circle nom.), Take Me Out (Drama Desk nom.), Amour (Drama Desk, Hewes noms). Also: On an Average Day (West End), Tales From Hollywood (Donmar). Bash (Almeida, NY, L.A. and Showtime). 1999 Lucille Lortel and Hewes Awards for his work on The Mineola Twins; 2001 Bessie Award.
JESS GOLDSTEIN (Costume Designer) received the 2005 Tony Award for Lincoln Center’s The Rivals. Other selected New York credits include Jersey Boys, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, Henry IV, Take Me Out, Enchanted April, Proof, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Most Happy Fella, Dinner With Friends, How I Learned to Drive, Stuff Happens, Buried Child and The Mineola Twins (Lortel and Hewes Awards). He will make his Met debut with Jack O’Brien’s 2007 production of Il Trittico. Designs for film include A Walk on the Moon, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Substance of Fire. He is an associate professor at the Yale School of Drama.
CHRIS LEE (Lighting Designer) Broadway/West End: Linda Eder Live At The Gershwin (Broadway), Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (Tokyo & London). Off-Broadway: Saving Aimee!, The Mistress Cycle, Under The Bridge, Boy, Broadway Bares VI – XIV, …in the absence of spring…, The Notebook, Sarah Plain And Tall, The Summer Of The Swans, Skyscraper, Cloud Nine, Linda Eder Live at Carnegie Hall, Once In A Lifetime. Regional: Urinetown, Elegies: A Song Cycle, The Last Five Years, One Red Flower, Follies, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Grand Hotel, …in the absence of spring…, Sideshow, Sammy And Me, Rosemary And I , The Tin Pan Alley Rag, I Am My Own Wife, Of Mice And Men, My Fair Lady, Dames At Sea, Four Dogs and a Bone and Three Viewings. Other: Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour), Barbie Live In Fairytopia!, Twice Charmedand Remember The Magic for Disney Creative Entertainment, Camp, Design Associate with Imagination.
PETER HYLENSKI (Sound Designer). Credits include: The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, Little Women, Brooklyn, Ragtime (London’s West End, Olivier Award nomination Best Sound Design) Opening Doors, Annie, Children’s Letters to God, Laughing Room Only, Dora the Explorer, Chef’s Theater, Ovations!, Spoleto Festival(1999 - 2002), Blue’s Clues. As Associate: Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, Fosse, Taboo, Seussical, The Music Man, Follies, and Parade. Film: re-recording mixer Search for Life, SonicVision, Cosmic Collisions. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
LARRY BLANK (Orchestrations) Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone, La Cage Aux Folles, The Producers, White Tie and Tails. London: The Producers, Guys and Dolls, Beautiful and the Damned. National Tours: Seussical, Dr. Dolittle, White Christmas. Performers: Barbara Cook, Michael Crawford, John Barrowman, Michael Feinstein, Barry Manilow, Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, Tommy Tune, Nathan Lane, Marilyn Horne. Film: Chicago, The Producers, six films for Marc Shaiman.