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Emmys: 'Pee-wee Herman,' Laurence Fishburne in 'Thurgood' among nominees

July 14, 2011 | 11:19 am


The 2011 Emmy nominations, announced Thursday morning, featured nods to some recent stage productions that were filmed for HBO. Among the nominees were Broadway's "The Pee-wee Herman Show," Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" and the play "Thurgood," starring Laurence Fishburne.

"The Pee-wee Herman Show" received a nomination in the category of best variety, music or comedy special, in addition to nods in technical categories. The show was filmed during its Broadway run and later aired on HBO. The stage production originated in Los Angeles in 2010.

The Emmy nods for "Pee-wee Herman" come shortly after the play was shut out of the Tony nominations. On Thursday, actor Phil LaMarr, who played Cowboy Curtis, tweeted to his followers: "Congratulations to everybody from THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY on the show's Emmy nominations. Screw you, Tonys!"

"Thurgood," the one-man play on the life of Thurgood Marshall, earned nominations for actor Laurence Fishburne and two technical awards. The play, written by George Stevens Jr., opened on Broadway in 2008 and later ran at the Geffen Playhouse. The HBO special was taped during the play's run at the Kennedy Center.

"Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking" received a nomination in the best variety, music or comedy special category. The one-woman autobiographical show ran at the Geffen Playhouse before landing on Broadway in 2009. The HBO special was taped at a performance at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, N.J.


Pee-wee Herman heading to Broadway

Laurence Fishburne essays Thurgood Marshall

Theater review: Carrie Fisher in 'Wishful Drinking' at the Geffen Playhouse

-- David Ng

Photo: A scene from "The Pee-wee Herman Show" at Club Nokia in 2010, with Paul Reubens. Credit: Bret Hartman / For The Times