Douglas Carter Beane’s acclaimed Tony Award-nominated play The Nance, produced by Lincoln Center Theater, stars stage and screen actor Nathan Lane. The play tells of a headline “nance” in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era living and working in the secretive and dangerous world of 1930s New York.
Nathan Lane gives the performance of a lifetime as Chauncey Miles, who faces a changing world and his own self-loathing in 1930s New York. The play tells the story of a headline nance (a parody of a gay man) in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era, who is homosexual. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Douglas Carter Beane paints the portrait of a homosexual man, living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his offstage life.
With a touching love story at its core, the Tony Award-nominated play is also a fond and funny tribute to the golden age of burlesque. The play received five Tony Award nominations, including a Best Actor nod for Lane. In addition, the cast boasts Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber, and Jonny Orsini.
This recording of the 2014 production is available now, in fair quality from a third party source (as the Lincoln Center version is promoted but seems to be unavailable, despiet being announced back in June).
Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the Lincoln Center to enable it to reopen after this crisis has passed.
You can watch THE NANCE here
EXTRA BONUS – You can watch an After-show Discussion with Nathan Lane here
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