It was a Tony award-winning production from Douglas Carter Beane, and it was captured on film to be broadcast for everyone to see as part of the 40th season of “Live From Lincoln Center” on PBS. THe network made the announcement earlier this evening (Wednesday) and it has confirmed that it will broadcast the performance on PBS next year.
The broadcast will be pieced together from three performances that were filmed, PBS stopped short of giving an official premiere date, only to say that ‘The Nance’ will be shown during the series’ 40th season. In the past plays that were selected include such giants as South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza and Contact. Lane was of course Chauncey Miles, a burlesque promoter in 1930s New York. At the time his character was forced to mask his homosexuality and performed an effeminate onstage comedy act. Those separate lives are soon mixes when a new person enters into his life.
The production was directed by Jack O’Brien and also stars Jonny Orsini, Lewis J. Stadlen, Cady Huffman, Jenni Barber and Andrea Burns. Lane was nominated for his performance, the play received five nominations, it won for scenic design, costume design and sound but was not nominated for best play.