Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE

From the press release:nance-640x320


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.

Jonny Orsini and Nathan Lane by Walter McBride
Jonny Orsini and Nathan Lane by Walter McBride

Rumor has it that the role of Ned requires nudity. Will Jonny Orsini be up to the task? We’ll find out soon.


    1. Wow, two full frontal bathtub scenes in two current Broadway shows (the other being Corey Michael Smith in Breakfast at Tiffany’s). It’s a trend!

  1. Awesome play. Best Douglas Carter Beane play in a while. Nathan Lane is terrific as usual.

    Now, for the fun part — Jonny Orsini is super hot and adorable. About 15-20 minutes into the first act, after the first “vaudeville number” the set turns and we are in an old New York apartment. There is a bathtub in the kitchen and Orsini is already in it. He shouts to Lane in another room. In a few minutes, Nathan Lane comes out and Orsini gets out of the tub, goes for the towel on a chair across the stage to dry off. When he gets out of the tub he faces directly towards the right side of the stage (audience’s right). He faces the wings, so if you are in the center, you might only get a profile view. If you are sitting in audience right, you’ll be golden. He dries off facing the audience, but the towel is hiding the good parts. He puts on the towel, walks around a bit, then drops it to the floor to put on his underwear, though his back is facing the audience when he does this. Total naked time is about a minute, maybe a little more, in bright light. If you are sitting on the left side of the audience (as I was, damn it), you will only get a great view of his spectacular ass (and some balls when he gets out of tub. Orsini’s body is perfection, beautifully sculpted abs and a little hair in all the right places — upper chest and ass crack.

    1. Thanks for the info. Will have to check this out. Is the theater large or small – wondering if I can get a good view from the balcony or if I should pony up the dough for an orchestra seat?

  2. The theater is large. It’s a broadway show. However, I think the balcony might give you a better view anyway. Especially if you are way on the audience right side.

  3. I agree with vitraboy, Jonny Orsini’s body is close to perfection. I was on second row right orchestra audience right and had a nice view of Jonny’s long circumcised dick (probably 6 to 7 inches flaccid). He is quite adorable and he delivered a very good performance. For theater fans, “The Nance” will give a feeling of been there done that. It’s storyline, structure and setting (time period wise) all the way to the sad and tragic ending are very similar to Cabaret. The play switches back and forth to the actual story and musical burlesque sketch comedy acts with the burlesque acts as commentary to the actual story. I understand why Nathan Lane said in interviews that some gays may be offended – the young butch guy wants love commitment and monogamy while the old flaming queen is the slut.

  4. BTW I think mezzanine and balcony seats would still give you a view of Jonny’s frontal as long as you are on the audience right side.

  5. I saw it on Friday night and was sitting in 4th row of orchestra, center on the aisle. Orsini’s body is indeed magnificent. As he was getting out of the tub I had a great view of his cock and balls from under his right let…just a flash…had I been in the same seats on the right side I think I’d have had a full frontal view. Later, when he turned his back to the audience to pull on underwear, I got a magnificent view between his legs of his low hangers and the tip of his circumcised cock. The earlier post was right that it’s easily 6+ inches flaccid. Loved getting to see all of Orsini, but also liked the play a lot. It may offend based on modern thinking and outlooks, but it is a slice of gay history that is sadly all too accurate.

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