I 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?