The Verdict: Critics Review The Nance With Nathan Lane | Playbill

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Special Features The Verdict: Critics Review The Nance With Nathan Lane Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance, a new dark comedy starring Tony Award winner Nathan Lane as an embattled gay entertainer during the dwindling days of New York City's burlesque era, opened on Broadway April 15 at the Lyceum Theatre.

Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien (The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray) stages the Lincoln Center Theater production that began previews March 21.

Playwright Beane is a four-time Tony Award nominee. He is also represented on Broadway this season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and has penned The Little Dog Laughed, Lysistrata Jones, Sister Act, Xanadu among others. Read Playbill's feature with Beane, Lane and O'Brien here. 

In addition to Lane, the cast features Tony Award-winning Producers cast member Cady Huffman, Tony nominee Lewis J. Stadlen (Forum, The Producers, The Man Who Came to Dinner), Jenni Barber (The Performers, As You Like It), Andrèa Burns (In the Heights, Songs for a New World), Geoffrey Allen Murphy (War Horse) and Jonny Orsini (An Early History of Fire, Banished Children of Eve) in his Broadway debut as Ned, the younger lover of Lane's character.

Check out Playbill's opening night photos here.

The critics have filed their reviews and has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

AM New York

Associated Press


Bloomberg News

Entertainment Weekly

The Hollywood Reporter

The Huffington Post

New York Daily News


New York Magazine

New York Post

The New York Times

Time Out New York

USA Today


The Wall Street Journal

The Washington Post


For tickets visit or The Lyceum Theatre is located at 149 West 45th Street. 

View highlights from the production here!


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