The last time Nathan Lane and Cady Huffman shared the stage in the hit musical The Producers, both actors walked away with Tony Awards. Over 10 years later, Lane and Huffman are reuniting for another showbiz story, Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance.
“I always say there’s no one I’d rather be on stage with than Nathan Lane,” Huffman told Broadway.com recently. “He’s just the consummate professional. He’s the funniest person and this role was written for him."
In the play, Lane stars as a gay performer working during the period when New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia was trying to ban burlesque. Huffman plays a tough, bawdy burlesque performer who has seen it all over the years.
"He’s an inspiration every time I see him work," Huffman said of her rehearsal process with Lane. "It’s hard work we’re doing, and if I’m doing hard work, he’s doing twice as much because he has that much to do in the show. The best part is always that he is best.”
The Nance begins performances on March 21 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre. Click below to see a glimpse of Huffman and Lane's Tony-winning performances in The Producers (and forgive the video quality—it was 2001!)