Paul Reubens and his stage producer Scott Sanders announced today that Reubens' hit stage comeback show of alter-ego Pee-wee Hermans will be Broadway-bound this fall, with a six-week limited engagement at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. — Previews bowing Oct. 26, an official opening on Nov. 11, and running through Dec. 5. Tickets go on sale June 1.
Pee-wee alerted his fans on Facebook and Twitter just before the announcement, telling followers: "Time for my secret announcement! Just a couple minutes! Get ready to SCREAM REAL LOUD 'cuz there's even a word of the day for you!"
Turns out the secret word is two words. He suggested "my pals on Facebook" enter GLOBEY at http://www.peewee.com/broadway/ for pre-sale ticket access, while "you awesome fans in the twitterverse" should enter the word SCREAM.
After finding out that at 57, Reubens not only could still pull off the role of Pee-wee, but that fans would pack a theatre and love the results — he had a sold-out run in Los Angeles earlier this year — he now has to wait until the fall to see if he can duplicate his success in New York City. As he told the New York Times in an interview today, he's already impatient: "The pressure of Twittering and Facebook posting between now and when I open is just daunting.‚Äù