In The Nance, according to press notes, playwright Douglas Carter Beane "tells the story of Chauncey Miles (Nathan Lane), a headline nance performer in the twilight of New York burlesque’s era. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Beane paints the portrait of a homosexual man living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930’s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his messy offstage life."
“Through this partnership with Lincoln Center, we are thrilled to offer moviegoers nationwide the chance to see one of the most original plays with a stellar cast of complex and enthralling characters,” said Darryl Schaffer, executive vice president, Operations and Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision, in a statement. “We are pleased that we can offer it to our exhibitor partners and take part in extending the reach of such a great work of art.”
Directed by Jack O’Brien, the cast also featured Jenni Barber, Andréa Burns, Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Jonny Orsini and Lewis J. Stadlen. Sets for the stage were designed by John Lee Beatty with costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Japhy Weideman, sound by Leon Rothenberg, original music by Glen Kelly, orchestrations by Larry Blank, hair/wig design by David Brian Brown and choreography by Joey Pizzi. Music was conducted by David Gursky.
This presentation of The Nance was filmed last year and is directed for the screen by Matthew Diamond with Andrew C. Wilk as executive producer.
As previously reported, The Nance will be seen on PBS stations around the country this fall as part of the Live From Lincoln Center series.