Pee-wee Herman to make good on promise to inconvenienced fans
When Pee-wee Herman announced in October his plans to move his upcoming stage show to the Club Nokia in downtown L.A. from the Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood -- a decision that included pushing the opening of the show back several weeks -- fans erupted in anger.
Some out-of-towners expressed frustration over canceled airplane and hotel reservations. Others complained about the more expensive ticket structure at the Club Nokia. For a while, Pee-wee was one very unpopular comeback kid.
In a move to reach out to irate fans, Herman (a.k.a, actor Paul Reubens) said that he wanted to meet with those who had exchanged their tickets to express his gratitude in person. Now, it appears that Herman will make good on that promise.
In an e-mail that is being sent out to Music Box ticket buyers who exchanged their seats, organizers of the "The Pee-wee Herman Show" laid out directions on how they can meet the star. "I want to grovel to them in person," said the actor in a statement issued by a spokeswoman in October.
"The Pee-wee Herman Show" is a re-imagined version of Reubens' hit '80s stage show that helped to launch his film and television career. The new version was set to open at the Music Box in November. It then got pushed back to January at the Club Nokia. The show is scheduled to begin performances on Jan. 12.
The meet-and-greet with Herman is open only to those who exchanged their Music Box tickets for seats at Club Nokia. Staff will be checking for ID and tickets.
Here is the letter in its entirety...
Thank you for staying with us through the move from the Music Box to Club Nokia! Pee-wee wants to meet YOU after the show and here’s how you do it:
When you arrive at the main entrance to the Club Nokia (3rd floor) for The Pee-wee Herman Show, go towards the box office. Outside the box office you will see a Check-in table. Bring your ID and tickets to that table. Our guest services staff will give you a wristband and stamp your ticket so that only you and ticket buyers for the Music Box can attend.
At the end of the show, move to the bar area on the main floor of the Club. Keep your ticket stub and make sure you do not lose your wristband. The Club staff will guide you from there.
The Pee-wee Herman Show
-- David Ng
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Photo: Pee-wee Herman at a press conference in December. Credit: Toby Canham / Getty Images