PBS To Air Broadway Play The Nance

Nathan LaneAlthough it didn’t last especially long on Broadway, the recently-shuttered play The Nance will live again on film. Taped during special performances of the production that were added following its scheduled closing, The Nance will air on PBS as a part of its “Live from Lincoln Center” series in 2014.

Written by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu, Sister Act, Cinderella), The Nance starred Tony Award winner Nathan Lane as a burlesque performer who played campy characters onstage, yet had to hide his own homosexuality from the world.

Lane’s co-stars in The Nance included Cady Huffman (The Producers), Andrea Burns (In the Heights), Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber, Jonny Orsini, and Geoffrey Allen Murphy.

The Nance Plays Final Performance on Broadway Today

The Nance Broadway ShowDouglas Carter Beane’s new play, The Nance, ends its run at the Lyceum Theatre today. The production began previews on March 21 and officially opened on April 15. Though it was scheduled for an open run and enjoyed respectable sales, presumably The Nance was not able to sell enough tickets (particularly during the summer months when kid-friendly fare thrives) to stay open any longer.

Set in 1937, the play starred Tony Award-winning Broadway favorite Nathan Lane in the role of Chauncey Miles, a well-loved New York burlesque performer. Though Chauncey plays a popular campy character type known as ‘the nance,’ he must keep his own true homosexuality a secret.

Directed by Jack O’Brien, the production also starred Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman, Jonny Orsini, Jenni Barber, Mylinda Hull, and Lewis J. Stadlen.

Ben Vereen, Nathan Lane To Take Part in Theatre World Awards Ceremony

Ben Vereen

Ben Vereen

The slate of performers and presenters that will participate in the upcoming Theatre World Awards ceremony have been announced. A mix of Broadway theater veterans and relative newcomers will take part in this annual event, to be held at the Music Box Theatre on June 3.

Ben Vereen, Courtney B. Vance (Lucky Guy), Anika Noni Rose, Lea Salonga, Jackie Hoffman, Wesley Taylor, Jessie Mueller, Phillip Boykin, Tony Sheldon, Isabel Keating, and Christine Lahti are among those currently scheduled to either present or perform at the Theatre World Awards. Nathan Lane will also appear as a special guest.

Directed by John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), the Theatre World Awards will be hosted by theater columnist Peter Filichia. Learn more about the event at www.theatreworldawards.org.

Nathan Lane Returns To Broadway in the Spring

Broadway star Nathan Lane will return to the Great White Way this spring in a new play by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu) called The Nance.  Directed by Jack O’Brien and produced by Lincoln Center Theater, The Nance will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre on March 21, with opening night set for April 15.

Set in 1930s New York, The Nance is about a popular burlesque sketch performer named Chauncey Miles (Nathan Lane), who plays a stereotypically camp character onstage, but must remain secretive about his real-life homosexuality offstage.

Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane was last seen on Broadway in the musical The Addams Family.  Among his many other Broadway credits are Guys and Dolls, Waiting For Godot, The Odd Couple, and, of course, the smash hit The Producers.  Lane is currently guest starring on TV’s The Good Wife, which films in New York City.

New Web Series To Showcase Members of the Broadway Community

Graham Douglass and Nathan Lane

A new web series called The Graham Show, launching on September 28, will focus on the Broadway community.  Hosted by Graham Douglass, the series will feature illuminating interviews with Broadway performers, writers, and other theater folk.  Already scheduled to be interviewed on the series are Nathan Lane, Michael Urie, Adam Pascal (Rent), Jersey Boys‘ writer Rick Elice, Roger Rees, John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), and Christian Borle (a recent Tony winner for Peter and the Starcatcher, series regular on TV’s Smash).

The in-depth interviews, which will be filmed at interesting local venues like Joe’s Pub, will run approximately 30-40 minutes.  Graham Douglass aims to take a youth-oriented approach, targeting the demographic of young theater lovers who he hopes will be inspired by the interviews.  “What better way to encourage the next generation of theater professionals and make lifelong fans out of future ticket buyers than to teach them about the industry directly from the stars they admire?” said Douglass in a press release.

Episodes of The Graham Show can be viewed at www.TheGrahamShow.com.  Each Wednesday, the website will also provide a 60-second overview of Broadway news in a segment called “Instant Graham”.