New Release: Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway

Release Date: Oct. 4, 2011
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.98
Studio: Image Entertainment

The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway scene

Comedian Paul Reubens' alter-ego takes the stage in The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway.

For its DVD and Blu-ray edition, The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway was shot at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City in January, 2011, after the conclusion of its run on the Great White Way. The timing of the discs are a celebration, of sorts, of the 25th anniversary of Paul Reuben’s (Pee-Wee’s “alter-ego”) groundbreaking Saturday morning television show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

Directed by 11-time Emmy nominee Marty Callner (who also helmed the original 1981 The Pee-Wee Herman Show), The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway is based both on Reubens’ original stage show, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.

The children’s show, which received nearly unanimous praise from the critics during its run, features a bunch of familiar characters (do Jambi the Genie, Miss Yvonne and Cowboy Curtis ring a bell?) as well as a handful of new ones. All help to bring Reubens’ unique blend of innovative humor and childlike bliss to a live audience.

First broadcast on HBO in March 2011, The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway earned three Emmy nominations, including one for “Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.”

The Blu-ray and DVD incarnations contain a commentary by Reubens and the cast as a bonus feature.


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