Inside Pee-Wee's Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon

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ECW Press, 2011 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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Between 1986 and 1991, nearly ten million people a week watched Peewee s Playhouse, the critically acclaimed and widely successful children s 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information about the cast and key members of the show s creative team, never-before-told anecdotes, and previously unpublished photos, Inside Pee-wee s Playhouse takes the first in-depth look behind the program TV Guide recently cited as one of the top ten cult classics of all time.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. It s been turned into a special on HBO. His public Twitter and Facebook accounts boast over one million fans and followers. Inside Pee-wee s Playhouse is the first comprehensive look at this amazingly successful (and still revered) children s program. Pee-wee Herman fans have been energized recently by the character s reemerging presence. From casual fans to devout followers, everyone will be interested in taking a look Inside Pee-wee s Playhouse."
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 FROM THE GROUNDLINGS UP
7
2 THE PITCH AND THE HIT
35
3 PUPPETLAND CALIFORNIA
69
4 A CHRISTMAS STORY
101
5 FORECLOSURE
115
6 P2K
125
7 APPRAISING THE PLAYHOUSE
145
8 EPISODE GUIDE
153
AFTERWORD
207
THE PUPPETLAND DIRECTORY
209
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
215
NOTES
217
INDEX
221
Back Cover
225
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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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