Two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane was hurt during the July 24 performance of Lincoln Center Theater’s burlesque drama The Nance. Lane was unable to finish the performance, and his standby Stephen DeRosa went on for the first time and continued the show as Chauncey Miles. According to a production spokesperson, Lane spent the day resting and will return to the show for the July 25 evening performance.
The Nance is the latest play by playwright Douglas Carter Beane and Tony-winning director Jack O’Brien. The burlesque-set drama stars Lane as 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 drama opened at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on April 15 and continues through August 11. In addition to Lane, the play stars Tony winner Cady Huffman, Andréa Burns, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber and Jonny Orsini.