THE NANCE, Starring Nathan Lane, to Air on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center
THE NANCE, starring Tony Award winner Nathan Lane, will air on PBS next year as part of the Live From Lincoln Center series 40th season. Three special performances of the play were filmed for broadcast purposes last summer. No air date has been set.
Also on tap for the upcoming PBS season:
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AT THE RAINBOW ROOM - PBS Arts Fall Festival
Join Michael Feinstein, "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," as he commemorates the reopening of the historic Rainbow Room, a legendary Manhattan hotspot. The special includes performances and features choreographed dancers and talented musicians selected from the Big Apple's finest artists. Friday, October 31, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
THE GERSHWINS'(R) PORGY AND BESS SM FROM SAN FRANCISCO OPERA (by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin) - PBS Arts Fall Festival
This production of Porgy and BessSM from San Francisco Opera stars bass-baritone Eric Owens as Porgy and soprano Laquita Mitchell as Bess in the turbulent story of a disabled man, the headstrong woman he loves and the community that sustains them both. John DeMain conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this American musical theater staple about an African-American community on Catfish Row in coastal South Carolina. Porgy and Bess is based on the play by Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, with music, including the celebrated "Summertime," by George Gershwin. Friday, October 17, 9:00p.m. -12:00 a.m. (Oct. 18) ET
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER "'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' In Concert With the New York Philharmonic" - PBS Arts Fall Festival
The New York Philharmonic's acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim's iconic musical thriller, staged in March 2014 to a sold out crowd at Avery Fisher Hall, tells the story of the eponymous barber who, with his romantically inclined landlady, Mrs. Lovett the piemaker, seeks vengeance on what he considers a merciless world. The remarkable cast features bass-baritone Bryn Terfel in the title role and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett, with Christian Borle, and more. Audra McDonald serves as host. Friday, September 26, 9:00-11:30 p.m. ET
GREAT PERFORMANCES "Cats!" - PBS Arts Fall Festival
One of musical theater's greatest blockbusters returns to GREAT PERFORMANCES for a special encore presentation. In its nearly 18-year run on Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats reigned as the longest-running musical. The many musical highlights include Elaine Paige's return to her original role as Grizabella, the faded "glamour cat" who sings the show-stopping "Memory." Friday, November 21, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET
About The Nance:
Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance featuring Jenni Barber,Andréa Burns, Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull,Nathan Lane, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Jonny Orsini and Lewis J. Stadlen, was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Actor - Nathan Lane, 6 Outer Critics' Circle Awards including Outstanding Broadway Play, Drama Desk Awards for Best Actor in a Play - Nathan Lane and Best Music for a Play - Glen Kelly and Drama League Awards for Outstanding Production of a Play and Distinguished Performance - Nathan Lane.
In The Nance, playwright Douglas Carter Beane tells the story of Chauncey Miles (Nathan Lane), a headline nance performer in New York burlesque, who also happens to be homosexual. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Beane paints 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.
THE NANCE had sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Japhy Weideman, sound by Leon Rothenberg, original music by Glen Kelly, orchestrations by Larry Blank, is conducted by David Gursky, has wig design by David BrIan Brown and choreography by Joey Pizzi