Photo Coverage: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me Opens

Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, a new musical starring the Tony Award-winning funnyman, opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) on Thursday, August 17, 2006; previews started Saturday, July 29.

Conceived by Short and Scott Wittman, Fame Becomes Me features a book by Short and Daniel Goldfarb (Modern Orthodox) and music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Wittman and Shaiman (Hairspray). Directed by Wittman, the show previously played Toronto's Canon Theatre and Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre.

"Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me features Short in a tour de force guiding us through an improbable version of his life story. Backed by a brilliant cast of top Broadway performers (who constantly steal focus from Mr. Short when he's not looking), Short's transparent play for love and attention asks the burning question, does an autobiography really have to be true?," state press notes. The show features Brooks Ashmanskas, Mary Birdsong, Capathia Jenkins and Nicole Parker playing a wide variety of different characters, both real and imagined, who figure into Short's parallel reality.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.martinshortthemusical.com.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.


Sara Gettelfinger


Sara Gettelfinger


Andrea Martin


Lauren Bacall


Lauren Bacall


Bernadette Peters


Bernadette Peters


Chevy Chase


Bette Midler


Billy Crystal and wife


Daniel Goldfarb


Brian Stokes Mitchell and Alyson Tucker-Mitchell


Christine Ebersole


Craig Bierko


Chris Elliott


Eugene Levy


Chevy Chase and Family


Harry Smith


GrayDon Carter


Jerry Seinfeld and wife


Jerry Seinfeld


Jerry Mitchell


Jerry Mitchell


James Marsden


James Marsden


Kristen Johnston and Scott Wittman


Kristen Johnston


Larry David


Kathleen Marshall


Kathleen Marshall


Marc Shaiman


Matthew Morrison


Matthew Morrison


Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker


Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker


Sarah Jessica Parker


The show's marquee at the Jacobs Theatre


Nathan Lane


Michael Feinstein


Robert Kennedy


Paul Shaffer


Tom Hanks


Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson


Tina Fey


Tina Fey


Rita Wilson


Lily Rabe


Marc Shaiman


Martin Short and Marc Shaiman


Martin Short and Marc Shaiman


Martin Short


Martin Short


Martin Short


Mary Birdsong


Capathia Jenkins


Brooks Ashmanskas, Nicole Parker, Capathia Jenkins, Mary Birdsong and Marc Shaiman


Nicole Parker, Brooks Ashmanskas, Martin Short, Capathia Jenkins, Mary Birdsong and Marc Shaiman


Brooks Ashmanskas


Edward Staudenmayer


Christopher Gattelli


Capathia Jenkins


Harry Smith


Chevy Chase


Craig Bierko


Martin Short


Mary Birdsong


Scott Wittman

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.