In ten days, The Pee-Wee Herman Show will open on Broadway. Almost 20 years after his career was shattered by an arrest for indecent exposure, Paul Reubens is staging a huge comeback in the role of his beloved 80s kid’s television show host.
Possibly this is the musical I have been waiting for all of my life. Or at least since Pee-Wee’s Playhouse went off the air, right around the time I’d outgrown watching Saturday morning kid’s shows anyway. I can’t wait to see it.
I’m not alone in that feeling: the show has already sold over $3 million in advance tickets. It’s coming to Broadway after a massively successful run in Los Angeles.
The cast will feature not only Pee-Wee, but several other cast members from the original show. A new movie is in production as well.
Paul Reubens is 58 years old now. He’s playing Pee-Wee for throngs of loyal fans who never cared what he was up to in that seedy adult theater in Florida. He also has a new audience: a whole generation of kids who’ve never heard of Pee-Wee Herman, or the scandal that toppled his career.
As he’s getting ready to open the show, he’s been doing some social media driven meet-ups with fans in New York City. He told the New York Times how gratifying it was to be received by adoring crowds, after decades out of the limelight.
“It was odd and it was fantastic. Both, rolled into one.”
It’s sweet that he feels that way about his fans. That about sums up how a lot of us, myself included, feel about Pee-Wee Herman.
Will you be taking your kids to see his new show? I’m certainly hoping to get mine there.
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