A New Play by
Douglas Carter Beane
Previews begin March 21 at the Lyceum Theatre148 West 45th Street
Jenni Barber, Andrèa Burns, Cady Huffman, Nathan Lane, Jonny Orsini, Lewis J. Stradlen
In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcome the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche. A headline called “the nance” was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre – usually played by a straight man.
Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. At a time when it is easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.
Directed by 3-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, THE NANCE welcomes 2-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane back to Broadway as Chauncey.
Runs March 21-June 16, 2013 in the Lyceum Theatre in NYC.
Rumor has it that the role of Ned requires nudity. Will Jonny Orsini be up to the task? We’ll find out soon.