Rupert Holmes'
"SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE"

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

THE LONGEST RUNNING PLAY
OF THE 2002-2003 BROADWAY SEASON!!

"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

"Frank Gorshin, playwright Rupert Holmes and director John Tillinger make a brilliant team! A genuine surprise of the new Broadway season: it's good! Really, really good!!
GANNETT NEWSPAPERS

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

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

"BRILLIANT! See SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE as fast as you can!"
WOR RADIO

"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

You can also visit the official "SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE" website at www.SayGoodnightGracie.net

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.

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).

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE INTERVIEWS AND SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Public Radio's recent hour-long special about "SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE" featuring Rupert Holmes and Frank Gorshin.
  • Playbill Online's recent interview with Rupert Holmes.
  • Chicago Sun-Times' insightful piece on Frank Gorshin and GRACIE written by senior drama critic Hedy Weiss.
  • Playbill Online's pre-opening coverage of "SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE."
  • Michael Buckley's wonderful interview with Rupert Holmes and Frank Gorshin at TheatreMania.
  • Joanne Johnson's in-depth article about Rupert Holmes and "SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE" for TalkingComedy.com.
  • SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE PICTURE GALLERY

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