Pee-wee on Broadway

Pee-wee on BroadwayI know you’re excited, but what am I? The producers of The Pee-wee Herman Show have released the official poster for the limited-run production, which begins performances at Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Oct. 26 in advance of an official Nov. 11 opening. EW’s Adam B. Vary was somewhat mixed in his review of the version of the show that played in L.A. earlier this year. He gushed about “that initial rush of childlike joy” on seeing Pee-wee performing again but ultimately worried that “day-glo nostalgia is all that he has left to offer.”

No doubt the show’s creators are tweaking the production prior to its arrival in New York. And this poster colorfully evokes Pee-wee’s unique blend of homage and parody of innocent ’50s-era children’s entertainers. In fact, it looks as if it was created with an old Colorforms set (anyone remember those?) I can’t wait to see old favorites like Chairry and Miss Yvonne (still portrayed by Lynne Marie Stewart) live on stage. I do have to wonder, though, just how old — or retouched — that image of Paul Reubens is. After all, the actor turns 58 next month. But as Pee-wee himself once said, “The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back!”

Who else can’t wait to see Pee-wee on Broadway?

About Jason Bakker

Jason Bakker is a native Minnesotan and has been working in the area of youth marketing for nearly a decade. He currently works with Minneapolis based Campus Media Group as the Director of Marketing and is responsible for following trends in the ever-changing landscape of youth culture and media usage, and for consulting advertising agency and national brand professionals on how to develop integrated marketing programs that reach college youth.