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Inside Pee-Wee's Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenonby Caseen Gaines
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Between 1986 and 1991, nearly ten million people a week watched Peewees Playhouse, the critically acclaimed and widely successful childrens program broadcast on CBS. Now, on the 25th anniversary of the show, the complete behind-the-scenes story is being told for the first time by those who experienced it. Complete with an episode guide, biographical information about the cast and key members of the shows creative team, never-before-told anecdotes, and previously unpublished photos, Inside Pee-wees Playhouse takes the first in-depth look behind the program TV Guide recently cited as one of the top ten cult classics of all time. Paul Reubens (as Pee-wee Herman) has been making a comeback since August 2010, appearing on Saturday Night Live, The View, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Conan, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He starred in a successful stage revival of his live show in January and February of 2010, and it hit Broadway later that year. Its been turned into a special on HBO. His public Twitter and Facebook accounts boast over one million fans and followers. Inside Pee-wees Playhouse is the first comprehensive look at this amazingly successful (and still revered) childrens program. Pee-wee Herman fans have been energized recently by the characters reemerging presence. From casual fans to devout followers, everyone will be interested in taking a look Inside Pee-wees Playhouse.
"In this comprehensive account, Gaines enthusiastically chronicles the arc of 'Pee Wee's Playhouse' — from Pee-Wee Herman's inception at the Groundlings Theatre in L.A. in the early 1980s, to the show's entry into the 'Saturday Morning television war zone' in 1986, to the recent Broadway adaptation. 'Playhouse' was greeted with fervor by all ages — kids loved Pee-Wee's goofy antics, adults rediscovered their inner child, and the show's avant-garde format created a cult following of college students. Despite minimal input from Reubens, Gaines insightfully reveals the more sinister vibe that existed behind-the-scenes, as many of the show's contributors struggled with Reubens's egotism. Though Pee-Wee's iconic persona and Reubens's unique talents are unquestionable, the technical innovation of animators, producers, and directors is at least partly responsible for the show's lasting impression. Stills from the Playhouse and a fantastic Episode Guide enable the reader to relive memorable moments and learn obscure trivia. Though brutally honest in recounting crew conflicts and the fickle world of show business, Gaines demonstrates the enchantment and broad appeal of the Playhouse, as well as the spontaneity of a show where 'anything could happen.' Photos. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
On the 25th anniversary of the show Pee-wee's Playhouse, the behind-the-scenes story is being told for the first time by those who experienced it. Complete with an episode guide, biographical information about the cast and key members of the shows creative team, never-before-told anecdotes, and previously unpublished photos, this biography takes the first in-depth look behind the popular program. Paul Reubens, as Pee-wee Herman, has been making a comeback since August 2010, appearing on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, and The View. He also starred in a successful stage revival of his live show which hit Broadway in late 2010. This is the first comprehensive look at this amazingly successful childrens program, reenergized by the characters reemerging presence.
About the Author
Caseen Gaines is a pop culture enthusiast and an author who has won awards for essays on The Flip Wilson Show and the Planet of the Apes film series. He is a high school English teacher and the cofounder of Hackensack Theatre Company. He lives in Hackensack, New Jersey.
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