Say Goodnight Gracie
The Life, Laughter and Love of
George Burns & Gracie Allen
Say Goodnight Gracie is the
hit Broadway play that invites you to spend a hilarious, heart-warming
evening in the uplifting company of the world’s favorite
and funniest centenarian. George Burns, who spanned one hundred
years of American entertainment history, is now miraculously alive
and kicking in a stunning tour de force. Say Goodnight Gracie
was Broadway’s third longest running solo performance show
and was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for BEST PLAY and won
the 2003-04 National Broadway Theatre Award for BEST PLAY.
In Say Goodnight Gracie, we
discover George in limbo between this world and the next, unable
to join his beloved wife and partner Gracie Allen until he gives
the Command Performance of his lifetime for God. He looks back
upon his impoverished, plucky youth on the lower East Side of
New York… his disastrous but tenacious career in Vaudeville
... the momentous day when he meet a fabulously talented young
Irish girl named Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen … their
instant chemistry, with his flawless timing a perfect mate to
her dizzy delivery ... his wooing of her, their marriage and their
rise to the pinnacles of Vaudeville, Movies, Radio and Television.
Gracie’s demise forced George to start from square one in
life and in his career, eventually achieving an equal level of
success as a solo raconteur and Academy Award-winning actor, portraying
everything from a Sunshine Boy to, oh, God.
Say Goodnight Gracie
is a multimedia presentation that also features the skillful vocal
talents of actress Didi Conn (“Frenchie” from GREASE)
as well as evocative music and moving images from George’s
long life and good times. The play has been created with the approval
and cooperation of the Estate of George Burns and Gracie Allen.
Its author is multiple Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert
Holmes, whose Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning
musical The Mystery Of Edwin Drood and who is also creator
and writer of the nostalgic Emmy Award-winning comedy series Remember
WENN. Distinguished director John Tillinger,
whose numerous Broadway credits include Judgment at Nuremburg,
The Sunshine Boys, Loot, Love Letters, Inherit the Wind as
well as the recent hit comedy House and Gardens steers
the production with a sense of wit, warmth and intimacy.
Say Goodnight Gracie is a
tender, funny, life-affirming love story ... a personal guided
tour through an American century in the company of George Burns,
a man who laughingly lived and loved each day for all it had to
offer, until he finally went “gently into that good night”
to forever reunite with his beloved Gracie.