Alan Safier as George Burns in “Say Goodnight Gracie”

October 5, 2016 — October 9, 2016

Bucks County Playhouse

Wednesday • October 5 • 2:00pm
Thursday • October 6 • 2:00pm, 7:30pm
Friday • October 7 • 8:00pm
Saturday • October 8 • 2:00pm, 8:00pm
Sunday • October 9 • 2:00pm

Written by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Michael White
Starring Alan Safier as the legendary George Burns

Synopsis:
Alan Safier stars in Say Goodnight Gracie, the hit Tony-nominated Broadway play by Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) that invites you to spend a hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian.

George 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 Alan Safier. With vintage photographs and video clips from film and television performances, Say Goodnight Gracie brings to life Burns’s fascinating story.

Say Goodnight Gracie is Broadway’s third-longest running one-man show. 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 in The Sunshine Boys and Oh, God!

Reviews:
““Our audiences were blown away by ALAN SAFIER’s flawless performance as George Burns. He transported us through the life of an extraordinary man with heart and humor.”
—Taryn Sacramone, Queens (N.Y.) Theatre

“HILARIOUS!””—New Yorker magazine

“Some shows stand out as extraordinary.  Say Goodnight Gracie is definitely one of those. ALAN SAFIER’s portrayal of George Burns is nothing short of stupendous.  This is a show that I can absolutely recommend to other presenters.”—Tommy Hensel, Dorothy Menker PAC, Chicago

“Exciting, funny, brilliant, and touching are four words to describe ALAN SAFIER’s performance in Say Goodnight Gracie.”—Nadia Ahmad, The Palos Hills (Ill.) Glacier

“”MESMERIZING!”—Robyn Carter, CBS

“ALAN SAFIER’s portrayal of the legendary comedian George Burns ranks among the best. He seems to channel the heart and soul of the cigar-smoking star. Safier IS Burns!”
—Ron Jewell, Bartlett (Tenn.) Performing Arts Center

“You’ll be in heaven yourself, at least for an hour and a half.”—Bruce Weber, New York Times

“George Burns comes alive again for 95 wonderful, endearing minutes. I strongly recommend it!”—Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV

“Some cultures have a word for laughing and crying at the same time. You’ll understand that feeling when you see Say Goodnight Gracie.”—Miami Herald

 

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Alan Safier as George Burns in Say Goodnight Gracie, Photo by Michael White

 

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Bio:
Alan Safier celebrates five decades on stage, TV, in commercials, and in voice-­‐overs, with his tour de force performance as everyone’s favorite centenarian, George Burns.  He’s been playing Burns for eight seasons, both off-­‐Broadway and across the U.S. Alan has played many celebrated persons in his stage career, including Albert Einstein in the musical The Smartest Man in the World, John Adams in 1776,  Spiro Agnew in Gore Vidal’s An Evening with Richard M. Nixon, Charles J. Guiteau in the Los Angeles premier of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, and Truman Capote in the hit revival off-­‐Broadway of New Faces of 1952. He debuted off-­‐Broadway in 1980 in another play called Say Goodnight, Gracie (about neither George nor Gracie!).  Other N.Y. stage credits include Scrambled Feet, Bend Your Ear and Once in a Lifetime. Regional theatre credits include Steve Martin’s The Underpants, Littlechap in Stop the World, Bluntschli in Arms & the Man, and Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice (in which he starred with legendary Group Theatre actor Morris Carnovsky).  West coast credits include a long run as Michael in the L.A. premiere of Mart Crowley’s The Men from the Boys; Lou, the homeless Vietnam veteran, in Steve Tesich’s The Speed of Darkness; Stephen in Patrick Marber’s Dealer’s Choice; Frenchy in Clifford Odets’s Rocket to the Moon; Buddy Fidler in the Cy Coleman musical City of Angels; Herb Schwartz in Deb Laufer’s hit comedy The Last Schwartz; and Maltby & Shire’s musical revue Closer Than Ever.  His CD of American standards, Alan Safier Sings the Songs of George & Gracie’s Heyday, was released in 2011.  Alan may also be familiar to audiences from hundreds of TV and radio voice-­‐overs (he was the Kibbles ’n Bits dog) and from appearances on TV series.  He teaches acting workshops at universities and theatre festivals across the country.  In 2012, Alan premiered Humbug!, his new one-­‐actor musical version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and continues to tour in it every holiday season.  Later this year he debuts his newest project, Joseph’s Gospel: a comedy about dad’s everywhere.