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The Nance - 2013 - Broadway

A nance, according to Webster's Dictionary, is "an effeminate or homosexual man." 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 (to be played by Nathan Lane), 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.



Schedule

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, with one intermission

Lyceum Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
149 W. 45th St. Seating Chart
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Featured Reviews For The Nance


Legit Review: ‘The Nance’ - Variety
Lincoln Center Theater's stunning production of Douglas Carter Beane's "The Nance" is a textbook example of how to put on a classy show. It helps to have a bona fide (and certifiably bankable) star like Nathan Lane casting his glow in the title role of a Depression-era comic who plays "pansy parts" in burlesque shows. Another smart move was booking this period piece into a beautiful old Broadway house. The final coup was entrusting the helming to Jack O'Brien, whose impeccable taste in casting and keen eye for design guarantee a seamless show.

Nathan Lane Bares All as Comic Queen in ‘Nance’: Review - Bloomberg
There are moments when "The Nance" feels too contemporary, though the play resists the snide humor afflicting Beane's adaptation of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella," which opened earlier this season. But it's also a sympathetic love story about one damaged man's inability to feel deserving of more than anonymous sex...Lane, in his best performance since "The Producers," brings considerable heart to Chauncey's ambiguities...Jack O'Brien has directed with his usual sensitivity, never allowing the play to devolve into a camp fest.


 



 

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by Nicole Rosky - August 14, 2013
As BroadwayWorld previously reported last night, The Nance will soon hold three encore performances, at which PBS will film the show. BroadwayWorld has confirmed that it will be featured as a part of the 'Live from Lincoln Center' series, to be broadcast in 2014.
by Nicole Rosky - August 9, 2013
As BroadwayWorld reported last night, THE NANCE will soon hold three encore performances, at which PBS will film the show. BroadwayWorld has confirmed that it will be featured as a part of the 'Live from Lincoln Center' series, to be broadcast on a later date.
by Nicole Rosky - July 25, 2013
Earlier today, BroadwayWorld confirmed that 2013 Tony nominee Nathan Lane was injured during a performance of THE NANCE last night and had to be replaced by his understudy, Stephen DeRosa. BWW has now confirmed that Lane will indeed go on in tonight's performance at the Lyceum Theatre despite his injury.
by Nicole Rosky - July 25, 2013
BroadwayWorld has confirmed that 2013 Tony nominee Nathan Lane was injured during a performance of THE NANCE last night and was unable to complete the show. A Lincoln Center Theater representative told BroadwwayWorld: 'The status of his injury is unknown for now, but he is at home resting today.'
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 1, 2013
BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was thrilled to sit down and speak with nearly all of this year's Tony Award nominees at the official Tonys Meet & Greet on May 1, 2013, and we will be bringing you special coverage on all of them throughout the awards season. Today we bring you Nathan Lane, a nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for The Nance. Check out what he had to say below!
by Caryn Robbins - May 15, 2013
Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane stopped by last night's THE DAILY SHOW to discuss his new Broadway play, 'The Nance.' Check out the appearance below!
by Naomi Serviss - May 14, 2013
Andrea Burns portrays a saucy burlesque stripper in a darkly comic play about the political climate concerning homosexuality in 1937 New York.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2013
Lincoln Center Theater's critically acclaimed production of The Nance, a new play by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Jack O'Brien at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) and starring Nathan Lane will now run through August 11, 2013. Lane stopped by THE LATE SHOW with David Letterman last night to discuss his Tony Awards competition with 'award magnet' Tom Hanks. Watch below!
by Nicole Rosky - May 2, 2013
Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop, Artistic Director, and Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer) has announced an eight week extension through Sunday, August 11 of its critically acclaimed production of THE NANCE, a new play by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Jack O'Brien at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).
by Michael Dale - April 24, 2013
I suppose the problem with being the greatest Broadway comic actor of your generation is that once the label sticks you rarely get the opportunity to prove that you can also turn in great dramatic performances.  (Conversely, not since Garbo laughed has anyone been surprised to see a great dramatic actor excel in a comic part.)  In Douglas Carter Beane's ambitious, provocative and lovely protest drama/romantic comedy, The Nance, Nathan Lane finally gets to originate the kind of role that highlights what makes him a genuine stage star.  He sings, he says funny lines, he plays love scenes… but most of all he perceptively plays a strikingly original character in what will most likely be considered, up to this point, the best stage performance of his career.
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 16, 2013
Douglas Carter Beane's new play The Nance, directed by Jack O'Brien, opened last night, April 15 at The Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). This production features Jenni Barber, Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull, Nathan Lane, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Jonny Orsini and Lewis J. Stadlen. BroadwayWorld'S Richard Ridge was there to celebrate the special night with the cast and creative team, and you can check out what they had to say on opening night below!
by Walter McBride - April 16, 2013
The Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) presents Douglas Carter Beane's new play The Nance directed by Jack O'Brien, which opened last night, April 15. This production features Jenni Barber, Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull, Nathan Lane, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Jonny Orsini and Lewis J. Stadlen. BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture all of the excitement of The Nance's opening night, and you can go inside the after party festivities below!
by Walter McBride - April 16, 2013
BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture all of the excitement of THE NANCE's opening night, scroll down for photos from the red carpet below!
by Review Roundups - April 15, 2013
The Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) presents Douglas Carter Beane's new play The Nance directed by Jack O'Brien, opening tonight, April 15. This production features Jenni Barber, Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull, Nathan Lane, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Jonny Orsini and Lewis J. Stadlen.
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 15, 2013
Performances began March 21, 2013, at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) for Douglas Carter Beane's new play The Nance directed by Jack O'Brien. This production features Jenni Barber, Andrea Burns,Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull, Nathan Lane, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Jonny Orsini and Lewis J. Stadlen. Opening night is tonight, April 15. BroadwayWorld brings you just-released highlights from the show below!
by Kelsey Denette - April 15, 2013
Performances began March 21, 2013, at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) for Douglas Carter Beane's new play The Nance directed by Jack O'Brien. This production features Jenni Barber, Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull, Nathan Lane, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Jonny Orsini and Lewis J. Stadlen. Opening night is tonight, April 15.
by Nicole Rosky - April 1, 2013
Previews are currently underway for Lincoln Center Theater's production of THE NANCE, Douglas Carter Beane's new play, directed by Jack O'Brien, at the Lyceum Theater (149 West 45th Street). The production features Jenni Barber, Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull, Nathan Lane, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Jonny Orsini and Lewis J. Stadlen. Opening night is Monday, April 15. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at the stars in action below!
by BWW News Desk - March 21, 2013
Performances begin tonight, March 21, 2013, at 8 pm at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) for Douglas Carter Beane's new play The Nance directed by Jack O'Brien. This production features Jenni Barber, Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull, Nathan Lane, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Jonny Orsini and Lewis J. Stadlen. Opening night is Monday, April 15.