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About The Nance - On Broadway

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Nathan Lane returns to Broadway in 2013 as Chauncey Miles, a homosexual burlesque star who lives a secret life in 1930's New York. The Nance combines drama and burlesque to tell the story of a homosexual man, who lives and works in the milieu of New York burlesque and the underground gay scene of 1930's New York, while trying to copy with his messy offstage life.

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.

2013 Tony Award Nominations for 'The Nance'

The Nance won three Tony awards out of 5 Tony nominations
  • John Lee Beatty TONY AWARD WINNER for 'Best Scenic Design of a Play'
  • Leon Rothenberg TONY AWARD WINNER for 'Best Sound Design of a Play'
  • Ann Roth TONY AWARD WINNER for 'Best Costume Design of a Play
  • Nathan Lane nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
  • Japhy Weideman nominated for Best Lighting Design of a Play


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