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Lyceum Theatre

149 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

2hrs, 25mins
1 Intermission
Important Dates
Mar 21, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
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Nathan Lane returns to Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Douglas Carter Beane’s new play.


John Lee Beatty Offers a Revealing Look at the Remarkable Revolving Design of Broadway's <I>The Nance</I>


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What Is the Story of The Nance?
It’s 1937 New York: Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia is looking to clean up the city before the World’s Fair arrives, and his biggest target is burlesque. Enter Chauncey Miles (Nathan Lane) and the other stars of the Irving Place Theatre, who find themselves in danger of losing their jobs. Chauncey is a celebrated “nance” performer (a stereotypical gay character in burlesque) and unlike other “nances,” Chauncey is also gay offstage. When he falls in love with a young drifter named Ned (Jonny Orsini), his carefully constructed world begins to crumble. Douglas Carter Beane’s moving new drama follows Chauncey as he struggles to live as a gay man in a dangerous time.

Critics’ Reviews

Douglas Carter Beane's 'The Nance' is a bold, brave play, in which this eminent theatrical boulevardier reaches for something deeper and darker. The show offers taut direction from Jack O'Brien and a tour de force turn from the brilliant Nathan Lane.

Review by Erik Haagensen from Backstage

The season isn’t over yet, but 'The Nance' may turn out to be its dramatic high point. 'The Nance' is howlingly funny, with several laugh-out-loud burlesque interludes. Perhaps it's heteronormative of me to say, but 'The Nance' can attract man or woman, gay or straight-even the undecided.

Review by David Cote from Time Out New York

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Nance Like?
As written by Douglas Carter Beane and directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien, The Nance is a unique play that juxtaposes kitchen sink drama with colorful, fun and hilarious burlesque sketches. The show features several original songs (though it is not a traditional musical) and moves seamlessly from the burlesque theater to various city settings thanks to John Lee Beatty’s gorgeous revolving set. The Nance is anchored in a career-high performance by two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane and a standout performance by newcomer Jonny Orsin and a talented ensemble of theater veterans as the burlesque company. 

Is The Nance Good for Kids?
This moving adult drama is just that: a drama for adults. The play contains off-color jokes, nudity, violence and adult themes and is not appropriate for children.