Performances start Tuesday, January 12. for 'The Pee-wee Herman Show' at Club Nokia @ L.A. LIVE for a limited 4-week engagement, through February 7.
The cast features Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman, Lynne Marie Stewart as Miss Yvonne, Phil LaMarr as Cowboy Curtis, Jesse Garcia as Sergio, a new character, Josh Meyers as Firefighter, John Moody as Mailman Mike, John Paragon as Jambi, Drew Powell as Bear, Lance Roberts as King of Cartoons, and Lori Alan and Maceo Oliver as voices.
Pee-wee's talking chair Chairry, Pterri the pterodactyl, Conky the robot, Magic Screen, and Randy, will also be on stage at Club Nokia.
Lynne Marie Stewart (Miss Yvonne), John Moody (Mailman Mike), and John Paragon (Jambi) have long histories with Pee-wee Herman and originated these roles in the original "The Pee-wee Herman Show" at the Roxy Theatre.
Tickets are available by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com
This brand new version of "The Pee-wee Herman Show," has been adapted from the original production by Reubens, Bill Steinkellner and John Paragon. David Korins, the show's scenic designer, will work with Gary Panter, the award-winning designer of both the original stage production and CBS's Pee-wee's Playhouse. The show's original musical composer is Jay Cotton, has returned and is writing new music.
Pee-wee dreams that one day he can fly. The play follows Pee-wee's quest to see this lifelong wish fulfilled. Pee-wee is torn when he has to choose to have his wish granted or better the lives of his friends. Along the way he embarks on hilarious adventures filled with his playhouse friends and some new ones. Throw in some funny pop culture references, and of course, your favorite Pee-wee-isms.
"I'm really excited that fans are responding so incredibly to Pee-wee's return," said Paul Reubens. "Thanks to our friends at Goldenvoice, we are able to bring our enormous production downtown to Club Nokia. I'm thrilled to have the talented Scott Sanders join the production as lead producer and Alex Timbers come on board as director."
"We're honored to have such a creative force like Paul Reubens to bring the first theatrical production to Club Nokia," said Susan Rosenbluth, Senior VP Goldenvoice.
To the generation that grew up with his groundbreaking Saturday morning television show, Pee-wee Herman is an icon. Revered by media theorists and studied in colleges, his enormous cultural influence continues to reverberate in fashion, film and television.
The original "The Pee-wee Herman Show" debuted at The Groundlings Theatre in 1981 then moved to the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip for five sold out months. Robert Osborne said the Hollywood Reporter, "Anyone who deliberately avoids the pleasure of seeing ‘The Pee-wee Herman Show' would probably be willing to go through life without Christmas, cornbread, Häagen-Dazs and puppies."
Taped as part of HBO's On Location series, the show catapulted Pee-wee into the national consciousness. It lead to Pee-wee's many appearances on "Late Night With David Letterman," followed by a 22-city tour that included Carnegie Hall. In 1985, Warner Brothers brought Pee-wee to the big screen with "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," Tim Burton's feature film debut. (Co-written by Reubens,) it featured Danny Elfman's first original film score.
The CBS television series "Pee-wee's Playhouse," premiered in 1986. During its five seasons, the show garnered 22 Emmy Awards. Pee-wee's second film, "Big Top Pee-wee" was released in 1988. While "The Pee-wee Herman Show", and "Pee-wee's Playhouse" were an homage to an earlier generation's television classics -- "Howdy Doody," "The Mickey Mouse Club," "Captain Kangaroo," "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie," and "The Shari Lewis Show" - Pee-wee himself became one of the most original and beloved stars in all of television history and late-century American culture.
By the late 90s, even fashion was not immune to the style of Pee-wee as fashion designers like Christopher Bailey, Ennio Capasa, Miuccia Prada, Viktor & Rolf, and Thom Browne imitated the high armholes, short inseams, and tight cut suits that Pee-wee made as his trademark. In 2007, Nike created a version of the Nike SB sneaker loosely inspired by Pee-wee.
When Cartoon Network aired the series in 2006, 1.5 million viewers watched every night; the next year TV Guide named the "Playhouse" among the top 10 cult classics of all time.
All of the episodes of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" have been issued on DVD and iTunes and are consistently best sellers. Joyce Millman, writing for salon.com about the DVD box-set launch said, "Pee-wee is still a wonder to behold. ‘Pee-wee's Playhouse' is utterly timeless. When Pee-wee starts cutting up to the calliope bounce of the theme song, you know in an instant that innocence lost is often just misplaced and despite everything, you can go home again." The New York Times said, "To a public that remembers him with intense affection, Pee-wee is indelible."
And as Pee-wee was influenced by the television classics that came before him, it is hard to imagine that "Blue's Clues" or "SpongeBob SquarePants" would be quite the same without him.
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PAUL REUBENS (Pee-wee Herman) At 5 years of age, after seeing an elementary school play, an Indian pageant, The Legend of Leelawallah, Paul decided to become an actor. His father built him a stage in the basement of their house and Paul wrote, produced and starred in plays he performed for the neighborhood. In 6th grade, he stepped onto a real stage for the first time as Nick Burns in A Thousand Clowns. 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 February 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 hit 1985 comedy Pee-wee's Big Adventure, which he co-wrote and 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 roles, 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 and Blow. Upcoming films include David O. Russell's Nailed and Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime. In the world of animation, Reubens has lent his voice to many projects including Dr. Dolittle, The Nightmare Before Christmas and "Family Guy." 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.
Lynne Marie Stewart (Miss Yvonne). Lynne is excited to reprise the role of Miss Yvonne that she played on television and in the original Groundling stage show opposite the late, great Phil Hartman. For 20 years she performed with The Groundlings comedy troupe. On television Lynne 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, as Mother Superior in Pee-wee's Big Adventure, and as Zelda the Bearded Lady in Big Top Pee-wee. She is happy to be back with Pee-wee and The Playhouse Gang!
PHIL LaMARR (Cowboy Curtis). Los Angeles native, is an alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings. His stage credits include The Actor's Gang's Asylum, Theatre-a-Go-Go's Patty Patty Bang Bang: The Patty Hearst Musical, Sacred Fools' Jacques & His Master as well as directing Tales of A Bleaknik, Attack of the White Negro and Out of Tune. Television: "Mad TV," "Futurama," "Family Guy," "Justice League,""NYPD Blue," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Castle." Film: Pulp Fiction, Step Brothers, Cherish, and Quid Pro Quo, a 2008 Sundance Film Festival selection.
LORI ALAN (Chairry, Magic Screen, Ginger, Fish, Flowers, u/s Miss Yvonne). Pearl the Whale on "SpongeBob SquarePants," Diane the Anchorwoman on "Family Guy," hundreds of voice-over and on-camera commercials and animated series. The DA on TNT's "Southland," and the lusty swinger on MTV's "Hard Times of R.J. Berger." Originated the part of Mae in the musical Reefer Madness, Gotham City Improv (Groundlings East), acclaimed solo show and stand-up artist. Television: "The Closer," "Chuck," "Desperate Housewives," "CSI," "Will and Grace," "Six Feet Under," "Friends," "Charmed," "Law and Order." Films: Boys on the Side, Father of the Bride II. www.lorialan.com <http://www.lorialan.com>
JESSE GARCIA (Sergio). Born in Rawlins, Wyoming, Garcia spent most of his childhood in Hanna, Wyoming, a town with a population of just over 500. His acting debut came in 1987 when he was cast in the challenging role of Li'l Brown Bear, in a classroom play. After a 15-year hiatus, and an ALMA Award winning performance for the 2006 Sundance hit, Quinceañera, he has been very busy acting, producing, writing and soon to be, directing, many projects. His next film, Days of Wrath, is scheduled to be released in 2010.