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The Nance
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The Nance

Lyceum Theatre

2hrs, 25mins (1 Intermission)

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Nathan Lane returns to Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Douglas Carter Beane’s new play.

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149 West 45th Street
New York, NY
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Important Dates

Mar 21, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Aug 11, 2013

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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.


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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

No living stage actor can make an audience laugh more adroitly than Nathan Lane. His wry line shadings, priceless expressions and expertly timed pauses have produced some of Broadway's funniest moments in recent decades. So it's happy news that Douglas Carter Beane's 'The Nance' which opened Monday at the Lyceum Theatre, offers Lane the juiciest role that he has had since 2001's 'The Producers'.

Review by Elysa Gardener from USA TODAY

Directed with subtlety and tenderness by Jack O'Brien, this is a bittersweet tale of repression and rebellion wrapped up in a valentine to a lost theatrical art form. Lane as the tortured soul at the play's heart is magnificent -- showing sides that are charming, witty, savage, self-destructive and yearning. One of the best scenes is toward the end when a self-loathing Miles returns to the stage in full-on drag. He has dropped the nance act and is playing an old whore named Hortense. Lane is still funny but seems thoroughly and unbearably broken. It is heartbreaking.

Review by Mark Kennedy from AP


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Chauncey Miles
Jon Orsini
Cady Huffman
Mylinda Hull
Geoffrey Allen Murphy


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Written by
Douglas Carter Beane
Jack O'Brien
Set Designer
John Lee Beatty
Costume Designer
Ann Roth
Lighting Designer
Japhy Weideman
Sound Designer
Leon Rothenberg
Original Music
Glen Kelly
Joey Pizzi