Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance will be extended for 3 additional appearances August 13-14 following the show’s close August 11, in order to be filmed live for PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center Series. The show originally began previews March 21 and officially opened April 15.
The Nance is the story of Chauncey Miles, who is a homosexual burlesque headliner facing great turmoil during the 1930’s. The very serious matters of opposition to homosexuality and the fading of the burlesque period are finely intertwined with lively numbers, over the top stage antics by the character, and the story of the romance between Miles and his younger lover Ned.
Tony Award winner Nathan Lane, popularly known for his work in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, stars in the play’s title role. Lane has also won two Emmy Awards and Other actors in the show include Tony Award winner Cady Huffman and Tony Award nominee Lewis J. Stadlen. Jonny Orsini makes his Broadway debut as the character Ned (Miles’ lover) having starred in An Early History of Fire among other productions.
It is no surprise that this show has received 5 Tony Award nominations including one for Best Actor compliments of Nathan Lane’s work in the show. Awards were won for Best Costume Design by Ann Roth, Best Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty, and Best Sound Design by Leon Rothenburg.
Tony Award winning director Jack O’Brien, known for his work in The Coast of Utopia and Hairspray brought his talents and knowledge to this show. Other show contributions include lighting by Japhy Weideman, choreography by Joey Pizzi, and orchestrations by Larry Blank.
The audience for these recorded performances will consist of both invited guests and the general public. An air date for the program has yet to be released by PBS.