TheaterMania recently spoke with LaMarr about the show. We always knew there was a possibility and had people coming from all over to see the production in Los Angeles. As an actor, this is one of the things you hope for one day. To say you performed on Broadway is staggering. I am actually glad we got a chance to do the show before we came to Broadway.
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The show was developed from Reubens' popular stage show and the one-off TV special The Pee-wee Herman Show, produced for HBO, which was similar in style but featured much more adult humor. On November 1, , in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the show, a book by Caseen Gaines called Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse: While enjoying continuous popularity with the show, Reubens teamed with young director Tim Burton in to make the comedy film Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Walker's vision was to shape the Saturday morning lineup into a Saturday movie matinee format with an eclectic blend of genres: Beagle and Jimmy Webb. Learning there would be considerable resistance from CBS brass to working with an untried animation studio, Walker persuaded up and coming screenwriter director Chris Columbus Goonies, Gremlins, Young Sherlock Holmes to come on board as the series show runner.
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But there was one "must see" exception. It was a surreal, live action series hosted by the androgynous Pinkie Lane lookalike Pee-wee Herman Paul Reubens , who would invite various live and puppet characters to play in his playhouse. It was the gayest show on television. A hunky speedo-clad lifeguard named Tito.
The Complete Series, a painstakingly restored collection that is a boon for fans of the beloved Saturday morning classic. HBO taped and aired one of the Herman Show performances in CBS originally approached Reubens to create a cartoon series, but the actor — a fan of classic live-action series like The Howdy Doody Show and Captain Kangaroo — countered with the idea of a live-action series that would be a less-adult version of The Pee-wee Herman Show. Lauper explained the situation in Cyndi Lauper: My career is ruined, oh no!