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The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway [Blu-ray]
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This Broadway show really just recreates a typical episode of the series (or a less adult version of 1981's debut at the Roxy--grown-up viewers should check this out if you haven't seen it!). The set looks colorful and whimsical, the puppeteers are on point, and the live actors perform with gusto. In fact, everything is so giddily nostalgic--it's hard not to get caught up in the spirit of things. I'm not sure how viewers completely new to Pee-Wee will react to this version. I, personally, think the television show (in shorter segments) is a better initiation for newbies. But let's be honest, this was made to capitalize on all those who loved Pee-Wee back in the day. It plays to what you know and remember and that's why you love it.
Truthfully, at ninety minutes, it's hard to sustain non-stop enthusiasm. Always joyful and entertaining, the show can seem a bit repetitive.Read more ›
That infectious joy is the reason Ruebens' TV show became a hit. Like pure id with a red bowtie, Pee-wee Herman's childlike enthusiasm for the world makes everything, from a scrap of foil to a postcard from a pen pal, fun. AAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! Yes, The Pee-wee Herman Show even has a "secret word" of the day: "Fun."
Although the show breezes through from beginning to end, it's an amazing juggling act of puppets, performers, props, and sound cues. The filmed performance has the benefit of second takes and reshoots, but the edits only polish an already sparkling gem. Under the direction of Marty Callner, the HBO special adds dynamic camerawork and close-ups to focus attention and punch up the jokes. The combination of stagecraft and TV wizardry makes The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway the definitive version of Paul Reubens' triumphant return, and Blu-ray is the definitive way to watch it.
The 1.78:1/1080i AVC-encoded image is packed with detail, from the glittery jewels of Jambi's turban to the fine weave of Pee-wee's signature grey suit. The hi-def presentation is saturated with color, and bright. At times, the image is too bright, with whites that threaten to blow out under the harsh stage lights.Read more ›
I understand this was aired on HBO a few times, but I don't have HBO! :( I am so thrilled that it is being released on DVD/Blu-Ray and you better believe I have pre-ordered!!
There is lots of tongue-in-cheek/double entendre stuff here (and Pee Wee's abstinence ring!), but my 11 year old twins laughed the entire time, even if they didn't "get" the jokes the same way we older folks did.
Pee Wee fans: this is absolutely not to be missed!
It's a quality production and the cast is great. It was nice to see a lot of the original actors resprise their roles (i.e. "Jambi", "Miss Yvonne", and "Mailman Mike")
It's just like watching a "live" episode of Pee-Wee's Playhouse (sort of like "the lost episode", if you will).
My only real problem with it, is that some of the story elements are cribbed from Pee-Wee's original HBO special from way back in 1981. -->The Pee-Wee Herman Show - Live at the Roxy Theater
Sure, there are a some new characters added and the story is tweaked a bit for an updated audience, but the end result is the same as his last stage production... 30 years ago.
I expected something different after all that time and all the different stories that were played out on the TV series.
That's not to say that this production isn't fun. I was laughing at quite a lot of it (mostly just the new material, though) and I've always enjoyed Pee-Wee, so I don't regret buying this at all.
I was just expecting this to be a totally brand new production with a new story.
If you are a fan of Pee-Wee and loved watching the Playhouse on Satruday mornings, then I would still recommend getting this.
But if you're kind of a passive fan and you've seen the original HBO special he did (that predates the Playhouse), then you might want to see about renting or borrowing this instead of spending money to own it.
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What "FUN"!!!! I remember watching Pee-Wee's Playhouse with my Son back in the 80's. We also saw the movie "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure", which I loved. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bonfireblondie
I love Paul Reubens and Pee Wee. This video isn't bad, it is just a remake of a show he has already performed (with some added material). Read morePublished 3 months ago by paul sherrodd