Friday, November 12, 2010
'The Pee-Wee Herman Show' makes it to Broadway while Paul Reubens still trys to live down his very public arrest in Sarasota Fl.
Nov.11th 2010 NEW YORK, N.Y. - Pee-Wee Herman, whose resurrection from scandal is now almost complete, appears to be the same boy-man of old, untouched by time. He's still in his 1950s-style suit, making the same goofy jokes and he still has the same off-kilter puppet friends he did three decades ago.
But what's this? What is Sergio the handyman doing at the beginning of "The Pee-wee Herman Show" now at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre? Why, he's wiring Pee-wee's Playhouse so the overgrown kid in the bow tie can plug in a computer and surf the Internet.
"Finally, we're going to be modern!" Pee-wee tells his puppet friends. The puppets aren't impressed. Magic Screen, Globey and Conky — for readers not familiar, those are, respectively, a know-it-all machine, a globe with a human face and a crude robot — want to know what a computer can do that they can't. "I'm not sure," says Pee-wee. "But you're not modern."
"Pee-wee, nobody's being modern anymore," replies Magic Screen. "Modern is antiquated." The experiment, of course, leads to disaster, proving the puppets at least partly right: Everything old is new again. That's something on which Pee-wee — aka Paul Reubens — hangs this incarnation: a hipster reboot of a throwback TV show mashed with the movie series, which were themselves based on a 1981 cult classic stage production. Many of the cast members are the same as they were in the 1980s. The whole point is not appearing modern.
Judging from the reaction of folks in the seats during one preview, Pee-wee is either a once-fallen rock star or the meat loaf in the comfort-food menu. Fans roar and cheer when he first appears. Some lose their mind when he later does The Pee-wee Dance to "Tequila." If you never got Pee-wee's appeal, this show won't help, more from this source..
In July 1991, after deciding to take a few years' sabbatical from Pee-wee, Paul Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida.
The arrest set off a chain reaction of national media attention that changed the general public's view of Reubens and Pee-wee. The arrest postponed Reubens's engagement in big projects until 1999, when he appeared in the big-budget Mystery Men and Blow and started giving interviews as himself rather than as Pee-wee.
Since 2006, Reubens has been making cameos and guest appearances in numerous projects, such as Reno 911!, 30 Rock, Dirt, and Pushing Daisies. Since the 1990s, he has worked on two possible Pee-wee films—one dark and adult, dubbed The Pee-wee Herman Story, and one a family-friendly epic adventure called Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Movie.
In early 2010, Reubens played Pee-wee in a new production of The Pee-wee Herman Show at Club Nokia. He is also working on a new film, Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Movie.
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