Live from Lincoln Center: The NanceLive from Lincoln Center: The Nance

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Live from Lincoln Center: The Nance
was featured in the 2014 PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Premiere Date: October 10, 2014 

Nathan Lane gives the performance of a lifetime as Chauncey Miles, who faces a changing world and his own self-loathing in 1930s New York.

The play tells the story of a headline nance (a parody of a gay man) in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era, who is homosexual. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Douglas Carter Beane paints 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 offstage life. With a touching love story at its core, the Tony Award-nominated play is also a fond and funny tribute to the golden age of burlesque.

The play received five Tony Award nominations, including a Best Actor nod for Lane. In addition, the cast boasts Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber, and Jonny Orsini.


Live from Lincoln Center: The Nance was produced by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and was presented by WNET.
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