NEW YORK, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Douglas Carter Beane's 2013 drama The Nance, produced by Lincoln Center Theater and headlined by two-time Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane, comes to more than 300 movie theatres in the U.S. and Canada for a limited run beginning June 23, 2014, during Gay Pride Week in many cities. In The Nance, celebrated 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. This presentation is made possible by Screenvision, a leading innovator in cinema advertising, and Lincoln Center, the world's leading performing arts center.
Movie theatre locations and tickets for the critically-acclaimed play are available on www.broadwayonscreen.com.
"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. "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."
The Nance, which received three Tony Awards, played on Broadway at New York's Lyceum Theater in 2013. The New York Daily News called the play "refreshingly original" and USA Today praised Nathan Lane's standout performance "as heartbreaking as he is hilarious." In addition to Lane, Beane's play, produced by Lincoln Center Theater and directed for the stage by celebrated Broadway veteran Jack O'Brien, features an outstanding ensemble cast in Jenni Barber, Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Jonny Orsini and Lewis J. Stadlen. Sets for the stage were designed by John Lee Beatty, 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, and with Andrew C. Wilk as Executive Producer.
The production was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Actor – Nathan Lane and two Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Play - Nathan Lane and Outstanding Music in a Play – Glen Kelly. The Nance won three Tony Awards (Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Play), two Outer Critics Circle Awards (Outstanding Actor in a Play – Nathan Lane, and Outstanding Director of a Play – Jack O'Brien), one Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Music in a Play – Glen Kelly), and Nathan Lane won the 2013 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance of the Season.
Nathan Lane's many credits include roles on stage, on television and on film. Most recently, he appeared on Broadway in The Nance, for which he received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award, and at the Goodman Theater in Chicago as Hickey in the Robert Falls production of The Iceman Cometh. He made his Broadway debut opposite George C. Scott in Present Laughter (Drama Desk nomination), followed by Merlin, The Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys and Dolls (Tony nomination, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards), The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards and the Olivier Award), The Frogs, The Odd Couple, Butley, November, Waiting for Godot (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Addams Family (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), in addition to several Off-Broadway productions. His television credits include recent, recurring roles on The Good Wife and Modern Family, in addition to other credits which have garnered him five Primetime Emmy nominations, two daytime Emmy Awards, and a People's Choice Award. He has appeared in over 35 films including The Birdcage (Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actors Guild and American Comedy Awards), Ironweed, Frankie and Johnny, Mousehunt, Jeffrey, The Lion King, Stuart Little, Nicholas Nickleby (National Board of Review Ensemble Acting Award), and The Producers (Golden Globe nomination). In 2006 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2008 he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
Headquartered in New York, N.Y., Screenvision is a national leader in cinema advertising, offering on-screen advertising, in-lobby promotions and integrated marketing programs to national, regional and local advertisers and providing comprehensive cinema advertising representation services to top tier theatrical exhibitors presenting the highest quality moviegoing experience. The Screenvision cinema advertising network is comprised of over 14,200 screens in 2,200+ theatre locations across all 50 states and 94% of DMAs nationwide; delivering through more than 150 theatrical circuits, including 6 of the top 10 exhibitor companies. For more information: www.screenvision.com
About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and 11 resident organizations: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. For more information: aboutlincolncenter.org
About Lincoln Center Theater
Lincoln Center Theater, under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Andre Bishop, is in its 29th year and produces plays and musicals at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont, Mitzi E. Newhouse and Claire Tow Theaters, and other theaters on and off Broadway, as well as touring productions nationally and around the world, TV and film projects and original cast recordings. Outstanding recent productions include the Tony Award winning War Horse, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific and The Coast of Utopia. LCT develops new work through play readings, workshops and an annual Directors Lab. LCT also presents a "platform" discussion series, and publishes the Lincoln Center Theater Review. Open Stages, its education program, reaches thousands of NYC public schools students with curriculum-related projects, tickets, and a middle school Shakespeare program. LCT3 is Lincoln Center Theater's programming initiative devoted to producing the work of new artists and developing new audiences. This spring, LCT is producing Act One, a new play written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation, directed by Doug Hughes, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, and the LCT3 production of Ayad Akhtar's new play The Who & The What, directed by Kimberly Senior, at the Claire Tow Theater. For more information: lct.org
Eric M. Gewirtz