Why See The Nance?
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.
Previews from: 21 March 2013
Opening night: 15 April 2013
Approximately two hours and 30 minutes, which includes a 15-minute intermission
Cast and Creative
CastNathan Lane as Chauncey Miles
Jenni Barber as Joan
Andr?a Burns as Carmen
Cady Huffman as Sylvie
Jonny Orsini as Ned
Lewis J. Stadlen as Efram
Mylinda Hull as Rose, the Wardrobe Mistress
Geoffrey Allen Murphy as Charlie, a Stagehand
CreativeWritten by: Douglas Carter Beane
Jack O'Brien (Direction)
John Lee Beatty (Set Design)
Ann Roth (Costume Design)
Japhy Weideman (Lighting Design)
Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design)
Joey Pizzi (Choreography)
Glen Kelly (Original Music and Arrangements)
Larry Blank (Orchestrations)
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Best Costume Design of a Play
Best Sound Design of a Play
What you thought
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