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By Playbill Staff
12 Apr 2013

Show: The Nance
Theatre: Lyceum Theatre

Preview: March 21, 2013

Opening: April 15, 2013
Closing: June 16, 2013

Creators: Written by Douglas Carter Beane. Direction by Jack O'Brien.
Original Principal Cast: Nathan Lane as Chauncey, Jenni Barber as Joan, Andréa Burns as Carmen, Cady Huffman as Sylvie, Jonny Orsini as Ned and Lewis J. Stadlen as Efram.

Synopsis: According to Lincoln Center Theater, "A nance, according to Webster's Dictionary, is 'an effeminate or homosexual man.' In the world of 1930s 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, 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 1930s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his messy offstage life."

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