I was back on 45th Street and passing the site of what was the Criterion Theater on Broadway where I was an usher while going to Townsend Harris High School Now I was going to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre where Martin Short was starring in “Fame, Becomes Me.”
As I passed my former Broadway stamping grounds, I remembered a New Year’s Eve when I stepped outside the theater to deliver a message to the box office. The crowd swept me toward the big Bond clothing store windows. The doorman — they had to be 6’6″ — pulled me back into the theater. Now, years later, I was back inside the Jacobs Theater –waiting to see Martin Short. A stage assistant put an “X’ at my seat and said someone would come to take me on stage!
Yes I had agreed some weeks ago to be one of “Jiminy Glick’s” interview guests. But now I was here and about to go on a Broadway stage. I was to follow celebs who’d been Martin Short’s foils — names like Steve Martin, a tough act to follow, a little daunting.
An hour into the show, Martin segued into makeup and wardrobe and became Jiminy. I was brought on and “interviewed” by him. Jiminy was generous, humorous and revealed a lot about me to the theater audience. They seemed to love learning about someone who had been telling them about people like…Martin Short
When we left the theater, audience members asked for my autograph and took photos with me. I had made a hit on B’way. At least that’s what my wife said. That’s a joke folks. Afterwards, backstage, we met up with Martin and some of his family members. We talked about the show — that it might go to DVD and/or an HBO special. I said I’d buy it — I’d watch it. No, I wasn’t going to be in it. It was a night to put alongside my Townsend Harris High School memories.