Pee-wee Herman heads back to stage


Paul Reubens is bringing back his live stage show, "The Pee-wee Herman Show," which first played the Groundlings Theatre in 1981. The new edition, featuring such characters as Reuben's Pee-wee, Miss Yvonne and Jambi the Genie, is scheduled for 17 performances at the Music Box@Fonda Theater in Hollywood beginning Nov. 8.

"It's time," Reubens said. "My Pee-wee suit and red bow tie are at the ready -- and this is proof that white shoes are cool past Labor Day."

Many of the show's original artists, both on stage and behind the scenes, will be involved in the reimagined production, which is being produced by Jared Geller and David J. Foster.

After its debut at the Groundlings, the original show moved to the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip for five sold-out months and was taped as part of HBO's "On Location" series.

In 1985, Warner Bros. brought Pee-wee to the big screen with "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," Tim Burton's feature film debut, co-written by Reubens and featuring Danny Elfman's first original film score.

The CBS television series "Pee-wee's Playhouse" premiered in 1986 and ran for five season.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 8 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at (800) 745-3000.