The life, laughter and loves of George Burns and Gracie Allen.

"Talkin' Broadway" review.

View a 10-minute clip of the late Frank Gorschin starring in "Say Goodnight Gracie."

Say Goodnight Gracie: The Love, Laughter and Life of George Burns by Rupert Holmes.

"BEST PLAY 2004"
National Broadway Theatre Award from The League of Theatres and Producers AND A "BEST PLAY 2003" Tony Award Nomination


"Rupert Holmes' touching and hilarious play is a showcase for an era!" ---THE NEW YORKER

"You'll be in heaven yourself, at least for an hour and a half!" ---THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Rupert Holmes' endearing play is a journey into the past you'll find irresistible!" ---THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

"George Burns comes alive again for ninety wonderful, endearing minutes! I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IT!" ---JEFFREY LYONS/WNBC-TV

"A lovable and solidly-constructed bioplay by playwright Rupert Holmes!" ---VARIETY

"There's authentic magic in this lovable show biz valentine! Viewers are going to be much happier people for seeing it! VERY, VERY FUNNY!"

"The neatly written script by Rupert Holmes is a pleasant, poignant, endearing stroll, through the life and times of George Burns! ---NEWSDAY


"Burns' comedy was of the understated, subtle variety, and so is the humor in 'SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE' which succeeds because Holmes' book is so well-crafted. ---THE OKLAHOMAN

It's official! "SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE" is, now and for all time, the longest-running play of the 2002-2003 Broadway season.

It has also now become the third longest-running "one-actor play" in Broadway history, exceeded only by "Defending the Caveman" and Lily Tomlin's "Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe."

"GRACIE" and its playwright Rupert Holmes have been honored by a BEST PLAY 2003 Tony nomination, the fourth time Holmes has been nominated, previously winning Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Music, and Best Lyrics for a Musical.

For his astounding portrayal of comedian George Burns, star Frank Gorshin received an Outer Critics Circle Award, which accompanies his Carbonell Award for Best Actor. Holmes and "GRACIE" also received this honor from the drama critics of Florida where the play was first seen. Since its Broadway debut in 2002, "SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE" has been performed to critical acclaim, sold-out houses, and an unbroken chain of standing ovations. Delighted audiences are responding with waves of warm laughter and the occasional tear.

In 2004, when illness sidelined Frank Gorshin for two months, actor Jamie Farr (best known to millions as Corporal Klinger on the television classic "M*A*S*H") stepped out of his TV character's high heels and into the shoes of George Burns, earning accolades and standing ovations night after night.

As he did on Broadway, the wonderful actor Joel Rooks covered the role for Frank Gorshin on its national tour, and appeared in a majority of the play's performances during its run in Chicago.

In 2005, Frank returned to the role he originated and continued the national tour of "GRACIE" virtually until his unfortunate demise in May of the same year.

For the 2007 national tour Don McArt will be playing the role of George Burns.

One point of interest that has gone unnoticed so far is that the original musical underscore for "GRACIE" is composed and arranged by Rupert Holmes, with vocal performances by Teressa Esposito. The voice of Gracie is skillfully and sensitively supplied by actress Didi Conn ("Frenchy" in the movie GREASE and the star of YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE).

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