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149 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

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Ended 11 Aug 2013 after 4 months

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2013 Tony Winner

2013 Tony Winner

Portrayed with shiny expertise and dark conviction by Nathan Lane

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Closed 11 Aug 2013

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.

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Previews from: 21 March 2013

Opening night: 15 April 2013

Closing night: 11 August 2013

Run time

Approximately two hours and 30 minutes, which includes a 15-minute intermission

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What You Say

3 reviews, average rating: (4.2 Stars)

Suzie: “Wonderful! ”

Absolutely loved this play! It leaves the audience with something to thin... more

Kerman Raines: “Perfect Part For Nathan Lane”

Okay. I'm a long time fan of Nathan Lane. But, I have been waiting for a ... more

J Branzburg: “Don't Trust This Theater”

Not knowing anything about this show (including the meaning of the title)... more

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