In Say Goodnight Gracie , comedian George Burns finds himself caught in limbo, unable to enter heaven until he plays his last performance, thereby preserving his perfect record of having never missed a curtain. Beginning with Burns' poverty-stricken youth on the Lower East Side of New York City, Gorshin re-creates the great comedian's life, from his success in vaudeville and on the radio to his marriage to the love of his life, Gracie Allen, and her tragic death; finishing with Burns' late-in life, Academy Award winning success on the silver screen and his establishment as a 20th Century entertainment and comedy icon.
According to the play's website, the national road show will begin Sept. 7-21 at Hartford Stage. The show will then play the following schedule:
Oct. 7-19: Royal Poinciana, Palm Beach, FL
Oct. 21-Nov. 2: Wilber Theatre, Boston
Nov. 7-16: Playhouse Theatre, Wilmington, DE
Feb. 2, 2004: Van Wezel PAH, Sarasota, FL
Feb. 13-15: Hayes Hall, Naples, FL
Feb. 24-29: Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
March 2-7: Centre East Theatre, Skokie, IL
March 9-14: Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
March 16-28: Byham Theatre, Pittsburgh
March 30-April 4: Majestic Theatre, Dallas
April 6-11: Weidner Center, Green Bay, WI
The next tenant in the Helen Hayes is another one-person play about a historical character: Golda's Balcony by William Gibson, with Tovah Feldshuh as Gold Meir.