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[Audio] George Burns Comes to Life in "Say Goodnight Gracie" at Glema Center

George Burns' career in American comedy spanned over nine decades, from vaudeville acts in the early 20th century to The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television and later films The Sunshine Boys and Oh, God! Alan Safier portrays the comedy legend in "Say Goodnight Gracie," the Broadway show that brings Burns back to life through reflection, video clips and photos. Todd Hatton speaks with Safier ahead of his performance at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville this Friday.

Alan Safier says he's always felt close to the vaudevillian period of the early 20th Century and that George Burns is someone he grew up with. Burns loved the audience, he loved performing and felt this was the only thing he was good at and wanted to do, says Safier. He constantly broke the fourth wall and often talked down his talent and contribution to the success of his act, which was absurd because he wrote the material. 

In the performance "Say Goodnight Gracie," Safier says the audience will move through Burns' life with moments both funny and sad, there are many video clips and photos. Actress Didi Conn (of Grease) does the voice-over narration of Burns' wife and comedic partner, Gracie Allen. 

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Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.
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