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The Nance Cast & Creative

In the world of 1930’s burlesque, a nance was a wildly popular character, a stereotypically camp homosexual man, most times played by a straight performer. In The Nance, playwright Douglas Carter Beane tells the story of Chauncey Miles, a headline nance performer in New York burlesque, who also happens to be a homosexual. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Beane paints, with humor and pathos, the portrait of a homosexual man, living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930’s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his messy offstage life.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Aug. 11, 2013.

Show Overview


Chauncey Miles
Jon Orsini
Cady Huffman
Geoffrey Allen Murphy


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
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