PICS: First Look at Broadway's New Gay Play

By: Brandon Voss

Guess who's tackling another gay role on Broadway.

In The Nance, Nathan Lane stars as Chauncey Miles, a burlesque performer living a secret life in 1930s New York City. A nance is a staple vaudeville character, an effeminate homosexual male normally played a straight actor, who was featured in burlesque sketches and films of the era. The play is set during NYC Mayor Fiorello La Guardia's campaign to ban burlesque.

Written by out playwright Douglas Carter Beane and helmed by out director Jack O'Brien, The Nance is now in previews and opens Apr. 15 at the Lyceum Theatre.

The cast also includes Jonny Orsini as Ned, the younger lover of Lane's character. "The heart of the show is this love story," Lane told Playbill. "It's a gay man of one generation and a gay man of the next generation."

See more photos of The Nance — plus a bonus video chat between Lane and O'Brien — on the following pages.

Photos: Joan Marcus