ALAN SAFIER stars in Say Goodnight Gracie, the hit Broadway play by multi Tony Award–winner Rupert Holmes that invites you to spend a hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of George Burns, the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian.
Burns, who spanned over 90 years of American entertainment history, is now alive and kicking — and singing and dancing! — in a stunning tour de force solo performance for Safier. With vintage photographs and video clips from film and TV performances, Say Goodnight Gracie brings to life Burns’s fascinating story.
Say Goodnight Gracie is the third-longest-running solo performance show in Broadway history. It won the National Broadway Theatre Award for Best Play and was nominated for a Tony Award in the same category.
In Say Goodnight Gracie, George Burns looks back upon his impoverished, plucky youth on the lower east side of New York, his disastrous but tenacious early years in vaudeville, the momentous day when he met a fabulously talented young Irish girl named Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen, their instant chemistry (with his flawless timing a perfect match for her dizziness), his wooing of her, and their rise to the pinnacles of vaudeville, film, radio and television. Gracie’s early retirement and untimely death forced George to start from Square One in life as well as in his career. Eventually, he achieved an equal level of success as a solo raconteur and Academy Award-winning actor, portraying everything from a Sunshine Boy to God.