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Pee-Wee's Adventure Moves Downtown

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, at 01:56PM
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This Pee-wee Herman figurine can be found at Polyester bookstore, near 5th and Spring. A new stage show may take Pee-wee Herman out of the 1980s archive.

Actor Paul Reubens and Goldenvoice announced today that forever-child Pee-wee Herman will stage his comeback in Downtown Los Angeles in January. The new stage version of “The Pee-wee Herman Show" had been scheduled for November at the Music Box, but now will open at Club Nokia L.A. Live on January 12 for a four week run. The move was made to open the show to a larger audience.

The show will keep the popular "appropriate for ages 16 to 106" theme that has had media theorists and generations of college students wearing bow ties and dancing to "Tequila" on platform shoes.

Pee-wee Herman, created and performed by Reubens, was born on the experimental stages of Groundlings Improvisational Theater as a parody of children's morning shows. Pee-wee and his stage cast, which included the late Phil Hartman, moved on to the stages of The Roxy before embarking on a national tour in the early 80s. The show went from cult appeal to mass appeal on television as "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" before moving to the big screen in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure."

Reubens was recently on the Jay Leno Show to add steam to the comeback, his first major appearance in years.

“I’m really excited that fans are responding so incredibly to Pee-wee’s return,” said Reubens in a release. Fans can also follow Pee-wee on Twitter at @peeweeherman.

Those with tickets for the Music Box shows can exchange "comparable" seats beginning tomorrow at 10am through 10pm October 13 via Ticketmaster (800-653-8000). It's recommended to have a confirmation number when calling.

New tickets for the Club Nokia dates go on sale October 15 at 10am through Ticketmaster. They are priced at $29.50 to $125.

Shows will run through February 7, 2010. The official website still lists details of the Music Box performances, but will likely be updated shortly.

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