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at the Bernard B. Jacobs

By Brian Scott Lipton

  Nicole Parker, Martin Short and Mary Birdsong in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me

Fame has actually become Martin Short too well. The multi-talented, Canadian-born comedian, film star, and Tony Award-winning musical star has kept his head on his not-too-broad-shoulders so firmly that he's had to make up a hideous part to join the ranks of celebrity tell-allers in "Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me," his amiable quasi-autobiographical musical revue.

While there are some yuks to be had in this series of sketches, Short might have been better off turning over the proceedings to his many fictional alter-egos. Indeed, one of the highlights of the show is when Hollywood kiss-ass Jiminy Glick, sitting at Short's deathbed, interviews a fellow visitor, who range from your average Joe Schmo audience member to celebrities such as Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, and Jerry Seinfeld.

Short is such a nice guy that he lets his co-stars shine almost as brightly he does, including Mary Birdsong (who does a fabulous Judy Garland imitation), Brooks Ashmanskas (a fine singer and even better dancer), and his co-author and musical director, the versatile Marc Shaiman. But the real topper is when the golden-voiced Capathia Jenkins comes out and lives up to the title of her number "Stop the Show."

Of course, Short isn't that nice - he does come back onstage, finishes things up, and takes the final bow.





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