By Kenneth Jones
31 Aug 2010
|Photo by Jeff Vespa|
Full casting for the fall run was announced Aug. 31. The cast also includes Jesse Garcia (ALMA Award winner for Quinceañera) as Sergio the Handyman and Phil LaMarr as Cowboy Curtis. The Pee-wee Herman Show will also feature Josh Meyers, Drew Powell and Lance Roberts.
Beginning previews Oct. 26 and opening on Nov. 11, the production recently announced a four-week extension to Jan. 2, 2011, at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 West 43rd street).
The stage show is based on Reubens' 1981 cult classic stage production, The Pee-wee Herman Show, with new elements from the ground-breaking CBS show "Pee-wee's Playhouse." It's written by Paul Reubens and Bill Steinkellner, with additional material by John Paragon, with direction by Alex Timbers (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson).
The show, according to the producers, "reunites the one-and-only Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) with many of the original Playhouse cast of characters — including Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis, Pterri the Pterodactyl, Jambi the Genie, and Chairry — for an all new celebration of sophisticated silliness. An eye-popping 90 minutes of subversive humor and childlike wonder, The Pee-wee Herman Show charts a day in the life of our bow-tied hero, one of the most inspired comic personas of our time."
Paul Reubens created Pee-wee Herman while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings. The Pee-wee Herman Show premiered at The Groundlings Theatre on Feb. 7, 1981, at midnight. It quickly moved to The Roxy on Sunset Strip where it ran for an unprecedented five months. The HBO broadcast of the show introduced Pee-wee to a national audience. Pee-wee was brought to the big screen in the 1985 comedy "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," which he co-wrote and which marked Tim Burton's directorial debut. Reubens went on to create, co-write and direct "Pee-wee's Playhouse" on CBS where the series earned 22 Emmy Awards during its five-year run. Reubens has been nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, winning twice. Pee-wee Herman was made an honorary Muppet, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and was made an honorary Marine in conjunction with his work with Toys for Tots. Reubens has starred in a number of diverse film and TV shows, including "30 Rock," "Pushing Daisies," "Reno 911," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Murphy Brown," which earned him an Emmy nomination. His film credits include "Mystery Men," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Blow," Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime" and the David O. Russell film "Nailed." He currently can be heard as The Bat-mite on "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" and as the voice of Rex the Robot, the tour guide of George Lucas' Star Tours ride at Disneyland and Disneyworld.
John Paragon, an actor, writer and director, starred in his own Showtime special, "The Paragon of Comedy" and in cult movie classics "Eating Raoul," "Echo Park" and "Weird Al's U.H.F." Other TV guest star appearances include "Cheers," "Star Trek Deep Space 9" and a recurring role on "Seinfeld." Paragon received five Emmy nominations for writing and co-directing "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and co-wrote (with Paul Reubens) the acclaimed "Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special." Paragon is also a creative consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering.
Lynne Marie Stewart played the role of Miss Yvonne on the CBS series "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and in the original Groundlings stage show. For 20 years she performed with The Groundlings comedy troupe. On television, she played "Ellen" on FX's "Son of the Beach" and currently plays Charlie's Mom on "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia." She will be appearing in the upcoming season of Tracy Ullman's "State of the Union." Her films include "American Graffiti," "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" as Mother Superior and "Big Top Pee-wee" as Zelda the Bearded Lady.
The design team for The Pee-wee Herman Show includes David Korins (scenic design), Ann Closs-Farley (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), M.L. Dogg (sound design) and Jake Pinholster (projection design).
The Pee-wee Herman Show is produced by Scott Sanders, Allan Gordon/ Adam Gordon/ Elan McAllister, Roy Miller, Scott Zeilinger Productions/Radio Mouse Entertainment, Carol Fineman.
Tickets, priced $67-$122 (includes $2 facility fee), are currently available through Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.