Nathan Lane returns to Broadway for Lincoln Center Theater’s ‘The Nance’

Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane is coming back to Broadway in the Lincoln Center’s production of the new play The Nance, by Douglas Carter Beane.

Over the past three decades Lane has made a name for himself both onstage and onscreen. He made his Broadway debut in the 1982 revival of Present Laughter which earned him his first of many Drama Desk nominations.

Throughout the 1990s, Lane began to expand his horizons. He starred in the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls and earned his first Tony Award nomination. He also starred in his first major film as the voice of Timon in Disney’s The Lion King. Lane also worked with the composer Stephen Sondheim and earned his first Golden Globe nomination for singing a Sondheim tune in the film The Birdcage. Lane earned his first Tony Award for starring as Psuedolus in Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Lane won his second Tony Award and first Olivier Award as Max Bialystock in The Producers and later starred in the 2005 film. He joined Producers costar Matthew Broderick in a limited run of The Odd Couple. In 2010, Lane gave a critically acclaimed performance as the cheesy romantic Gomez Addams in The Addams Family. Starring in The Nance will be his first return to the Broadway stage since ending his run as Gomez in 2011.

Lane has received awards from numerous LGBTQ rights organizations such as GLAAD Media and the Humans Rights Organization. He also received the Trevor Project’s “Hero Award” for supporting LGBTQ rights and advocating against bullying. Many of Lane’s LGBTQ fans say that he is a role model for them because of his success, his openness about his sexuality and outspoken support of LGBTQ issues.

'The Nance' starring Lane as Chauncey

‘The Nance’ starring Lane as Chauncey Miles

Lane’s latest project, The Nance, is about a burlesque performer, Chauncey Miles, who struggles with his sexuality during the 1930s when being gay was seen as taboo. Having felt uncomfortable for many years with his own sexuality, Lane said he feels as though he connects with Chauncey.

Despite his enormous success as a comedic actor, Lane chose to return to the stage in a dark and dramatic role. And with his personal history of struggle, Lane is sure to bring quite a bit of himself to the character.

The Nance opens on April 25th at the Lyceum Theatre and is on an open-ended run.

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