Poignant Performance by Nathan Lane in The Nance on Broadway NYC
Posted on May 13, 2013
Nathan Lane is back on Broadway. His performance is perfect portraying Chauncey Miles, a homosexual burlesque star who lives a secret life in the underground gay milieu of 1930’s New York.
The setting is 1937 and Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia is looking to clean up the city before the World’s Fair arrives. His biggest target is burlesque. Enter Chauncey Miles (Nathan Lane) and the other stars of the Irving Place Theatre, who find themselves in danger of losing their jobs. Chauncey is a celebrated “nance” performer (a stereotypical gay character in burlesque) and unlike other “nances,” Chauncey is also gay offstage. When he falls in love with a young drifter named Ned (Jonny Orsini), his carefully constructed world begins to crumble. Douglas Carter Beane’s moving new drama follows Chauncey as he struggles to live as a gay man in a dangerous time.
Audience: With the off-color jokes, nudity, violence and adult themes, this production is not appropriate for children.
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