Photos by Joan Marcus
Set designs by John Lee Beatty. Production Photos by Joan Marcus.
2 hours and 30 minutes, including an intermission
Why Nathan Is One of the Greats
Winner of two 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards!
Outstanding Director of a Play: Jack O'Brien
Outstanding Actor in a Play: Nathan Lane
Winner of three 2013 Tony Awards!
Best Scenic Design: John Lee Beatty
Best Costume Design: Ann Roth
Best Sound Design: Leon Rothenberg Drama Desk Award:
Outstanding Music in a Play: Glen Kelly
"A HEARTFELT NEW PLAY SET IN THE TWILIGHT OF BURLESQUE."
-Brantley, The New York Times
"NATHAN LANE IS AS HEARTBREAKING AS HE IS HILARIOUS!"
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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 welcomed 2-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane back to Broadway as Chauncey.