NANCE's Leon Rothenberg Wins Best Sound Design - Play
Leon Rothenberg has won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play for THE NANCE.
Rothenberg's past credits and accolades include Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Tony nomination), On the Levee (LCT3), The Heiress, and Impressionism. Other work includes The Laramie Project Cycle (BAM), All the Rage, Bethany (Women's Project), Murder Ballad (MTC), February House (Public), This Is Fiction (Cherry Lane), Play Dead (Players), and Timon of Athens (Public). He also did work on Encores!: Anyone Can Whistle (NYCC) and Fall for Dance (2008-2012). Select regional credits include Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, New York Stage & Film, North Shore Music Theatre, Two River, Long Wharf, McCarter, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, and Intiman. Internationally Rothenberg has worked on Wintuk, Kooza (Cirque du Soleil), Diabolidad (National Theatre of Cyprus), and King Lear (Dijon Festival). Visit his website at: www.klaxson.net
In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche. A headliner 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.