"SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE"
SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE is a newly-crafted work for theatre that offers its audience the chance to spend an hilariously heart-warming evening in the company of the worlds favorite and funniest centenarian: Mr. George Burns
Although Americas most beloved "Grandfather-Figure" lived to surpass his hundredth birthday. George Burns was sadly unable to make the engagement he hoped would be the milestone performance of his career: a one-man show in Las Vegas celebrating the centennial of his birth. "I cant die," George had proudly quipped. "Im booked."
In SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE, we discover George now living in limbo between this world and the next, unable to join his beloved wife Gracie until he can complete his perfect track record of never having missed a curtain. And so we are a part of show business history as George takes the stage for the one-man performance of his lifetime, the "last hurrah" he might have offered us on his one hundredth birthday: an evening that looks back in laughter on his impoverished youth on the lower East Side of Olde New York... his disastrous but tenacious career in Vaudeville from boyhood to his late twenties, when he met a lovely seventeen-year-old colleen named Gracie Allen . his wooing of her, their unlikely marriage, their rise to success on stage, screen, radio and TV... her tragically-youthful demise ..and Georges fabulous "second time around" as a solo raconteur and Academy Award-winning actor portraying everything from a Sunshine Boy to, oh God.
George Burns is brought to life in triumphant fashion by Broadway and film actor Frank Gorshin. Acknowledged as the dean of American impressionists (and fondly remembered by fans of the BATMAN TV series as The Caped Crusaders arch-nemesis "The Riddler"), Mr. Gorshin transforms himself into his greatest role to date: that of the cigar-holding, bespectacled, beguiling George Burns.
SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE has been created with the approval and enthusiastic cooperation of the Estate of George Burns and Gracie Allen, overseen by their two children Ronnie and Sandy. 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 the comedy-thrillers ACCOMPLICE starring Jason Alexander and SOLITARY CONFINEMENT starring Stacy Keach. Holmes is also creator-writer-producer of the warmly nostalgic Emmy Award-winning TV series REMEMBER WENN. The evening is produced by William Franzblau, Larry Spellman and Greg Edwards.
SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE is a warm, witty, life-affirming evening a personal guided tour though an American century in the company of George Burns, a man who laughed and lived and loved each day for all it had to savor, until it came time for him to at last say "Goodnight, Gracie."