Bring On the Men: A Look at the Leading Men of Broadway

By Ben Rimalower
30 Nov 2013



Nathan Lane
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Nathan Lane

In keeping with the notion that Broadway is about larger-than-life star presence, there is no greater wattage than that of Nathan Lane. He's been compared to Jackie Gleason and Zero Mostel and other stars of yesteryear, but Lane's unique persona belongs to our era alone. Lane's unmistakable voice can instantly make any music immediate and compelling, and in both his comedic and dramatic work, he is never not entertaining. In this short-attention span day and age, when theatre can be dismissed as boring, Broadway is lucky to have this live-wire lighting up the boards.

(Ben Rimalower is the author and original star star of the critically acclaimed Patti Issues. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the solo show here. Visit him at benrimalower.com and follow @benrimalower on Twitter.)