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Martin Short Expected to Kick Off One Man Show in Boston This Fall

With no specific dates as of yet, Martin Short's in-the-works one-man show "Martin Short: If I'd Saved, I Wouldn't Be Here" has been announced as part of Boston's Colonial Theater's upcoming season. The show is expected to premiere there in September, where it would then be followed by Hairspray from October 4-16. Short's show will also feature music and lyrics by Hairspray's Tony-winning team - Marc Shaiman, and Scott Wittman. The show is then said to be headed to Broadway in the spring.

A release describes the one-man show as: In the grand tradition of WEST SIDE STORY and SWEENEY TODD comes the next great American musical... but until then, there's IF I'D SAVED, I WOULDN'T BE HERE, Martin Short's uproarious send-up of one-man shows, which combines musical comedy sketches, dance numbers and one intermission. Filling the stage with unforgettable characters like Jiminy Glick (who fills the stage all by himself), Ed Grimley and many others, Martin Short (along with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who don't need the money because they wrote HAIRSPRAY) brings over 20 years of comic genius to the Broadway stage - and leaves it there.

After a pre-Broadway engagement, Martin Short: IF I'D SAVED, I WOULDN'T BE HERE will open on Broadway in Spring 2006.

Built in 1900 on the site of the former Boston Public Library, The Colonial Theatre stands facing the Boston Common. For more than 100 years, The Colonial Theatre has hosted some of the finest Broadway productions ever staged, and Boston theatre audiences have shared in that unique theatrical history. What was said of The Colonial Theatre in 1900 still holds true today: "It is a palace dedicated to the play, a monument to the taste of New England, and a credit to the City of Boston."

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