Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance, starring two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane. Directed by Tony winner Jack O’Brien, the Lincoln Center Theater production will begin previews at the Lyceum Theater on March 21, with an official opening night set for April 15.
In addition to Lane, The Nance stars Tony winner Cady Huffman, Andréa Burns, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber and Jonny Orsini.
The play's title refers to a derogatory slang word for effeminate men and campy homosexual characters typically played by straight men in 1930s burlesque shows. Lane will play Chauncey Miles, a gay nance performer working during the period when New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia was trying to ban burlesque. Integrating burlesque sketches into the drama, The Nance paints the portrait of a homosexual man, living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his messy offstage life.
The Nance will feature set design by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Ann Roth, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Leon Rothenberg, original music and arrangements by Glen Kelly, orchestrations by Larry Blank and choreography by Joey Pizzi.