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Broadway Opening of 'The Pee-wee Herman Show'

The Stephen Sondheim Theatre and the Bryant Park Grill. November 11. By Jada Yuan

What would your Playhouse be like? “A lot of vodka. Just a chair in a room with a bottle of vodka.” —Martha Plimpton (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

SUSAN SARANDON (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Have you noticed Thom Browne suits look a lot like yours from the eighties? “Yes, I’m waiting to have my attorneys speak to Mr. Browne. ”

Did he cop your style? “I think so! Seems like it! ” —Paul Reubens (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

WENDY WILLIAMS (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

What did you think of the play? “Are you kidding?! It was a beautiful triumph of a legend. ”

Were you a fan of the TV show? “Of course. It’s the best show since Howdy Doody. ” —John Waters (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

CHITA RIVERA (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

What would Rosie’s Playhouse be like? “It would be a lot of beds, so that I could take a nap. And there’d probably be a Big Mac delivery service. Remember when you’d go to the bank and your parents would put the money in the tube and it would shoot up? Shitty food would just show up in my bed, and I wouldn’t have to move.” —Rosie O’Donnell (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

NIA VARDALOS (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

What was your favorite part about tonight’s show? “I loved his outbursts of anger and how he dealt with things that really bothered him emotionally. That is how I deal with my own anger, so it was good to see it acted out onstage like that. That repressed anger and then just screaming in the streets.” —Parker Posey (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

ALAN CUMMING (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

You directed this production. What’s it like watching it from the audience? “A parade of horror. All your emotions are amplified. You’re on some strange drug where all the moments that aren’t working are deeply tragic and might result in your death, and all the happiest moments are great elation and euphoria. ” —Alex Timbers (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

RICHARD BELZER (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

You’re the voice of Magic Screen. What’s going on with her and the Firefighter? “Oh, torrid affair. I think Magic Screen is quite the lady of the evening. And actually we’ve developed her a little bit since I’ve been in New York. ”

How so? “I think she’s become a little bit more of a slut! ” — Lexy Fridell (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

FRAN LEBOWITZ (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

What’s the hardest thing about doing this play? “It’s just not a normal play. There’s a sound cue and a light cue or something every time you move. So you really have to do what’s rehearsed, or nine people will get panicked and confused. The first time we performed and I went off-book, everything fell apart around me.” —Phil LaMarr (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

LYNNE MARIE STEWART (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

What character would you play for twenty years? “The one I’ve been playing, which is this girl from New York who chain-smokes and dresses in black. I’ve been playing her for quite some time now. But I’m very committed. ” —Natasha Lyonne (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

JOEL GREY (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

You play the Firefighter. How old were you when you first saw the show? “Ten or 11. It was a different kind of party for people who are a little bit older, but I was never stoned. ” —Josh Meyers (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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