PHOTO CALL: The Pee-wee Herman Show, Starring Paul Reubens, Opens On Broadway
By Irina Khodorkovsky
The Broadway bow of The Pee-wee Herman Show, starring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee, officially opened at the newly rechristened Stephen Sondheim Theatre Nov. 11 following previews that began Oct. 26. The colorful production recently announced a four-week extension to Jan. 2, 2011.
The Pee-wee Herman Show — suitable for kids and adults — features three performers who created their characters in the original production of the work at the Groundlings Theatre in 1981: John Moody as Mailman Mike, John Paragon as Jambi the Genie and Lynne Marie Stewart as Miss Yvonne. Paragon and Stewart also played their roles on the long-running CBS-TV series.
The cast also includes Jesse Garcia (ALMA Award winner for Quinceañera) as Sergio the Handyman and Phil LaMarr as Cowboy Curtis with Josh Meyers, Drew Powell, Lexy Fridell, Lance Roberts and Caesar Samayoa.
Here is a look at the opening night:
The intermissionless 90-minute 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, and 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."
Stephen Sondheim Theatre is located at 124 West 43rd Street.Tickets, priced $67-$122 (includes $2 facility fee), are available through Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.
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