Gracie Says Goodnight to Broadway; Gorshin to Hit the Road as Burns
By Robert Simonson
Say Goodnight Gracie, which first bid good evening to Broadway on Sept. 17, 2002, will say its final farewell on Aug. 24. Frank Gorshin played entertainer George Burns during the entire Helen Hayes Theatre run of the Rupert Holmes play, which officially opened on Oct. 10.
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
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.
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