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Posted: 02/05/14

Alan Safier as George Burns in "Say Goodnight Gracie."

(Photo courtesy of Vicki Zoller)

George Burns is alive and
kicking at Macomb Center

      Spend a hilarious, heart-warming evening in the company of the world's funniest centenarian. George Burns, who spanned over 90 years of American entertainment history, is alive and kicking again. . . and singing and dancing.Alan Safier brings George Burns to life in this tender, life-affirming, Tony-nominated comedy, "Say Goodnight Gracie," based on the real love story of George Burns and his wife Gracie Allen, Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.Tickets are $38 gold circle, $33 house, and $20 for students. ($48 pit seating). Seniors and military save $5 off regular priced tickets. Purchase tickets in person at the Macomb Center box office Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. and Friday noon - 6 p.m.
       Tickets and additional information, including a complete season schedule, are available online at Macomb Center - Goodnight Gracie or by calling (586) 286-2222.
       "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.
       With vintage photographs, video clips from film and television performances, "Say Goodnight Gracie" brings to life Burn's fascinating story. George 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 Gracie 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. 
       Reminisce with George as he recalls Gracie's early retirement and premature death, forcing him to start from square one in life as well as in his career, achieving an equal level of success as a storyteller and Academy Award-winning actor in "The Sunshine Boys" and "Oh, God!"
       George Burns reincarnates before your eyes in a stunning tour de force solo performance by Alan Safier. Ron Jewell from the Bartlett Performing Arts Center may say it best: "Alan Safier's performance 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!"

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