Nathan Lane Will Be a Nance Nationwide

The Nance, Douglas Carter Beane's Tony-winning gay-themed play, will screen at movie theaters across the U.S. this summer.

BY Brandon Voss

May 30 2014 11:40 AM ET

Jonny Orsini and Nathan Lane in The Nance

"Hi, simply hi!" One of Nathan Lane's most flamboyant performances will sashay from stage to screen this summer.

A filmed version of out playwright Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance, which was produced on Broadway last year by Lincoln Center Theater, will screen at more than 300 movie theatres across the U.S. beginning June 23. Lincoln Center and Screenvision, a leader in cinema advertising, will present the exclusive limited engagement. 

"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," says Screenvision representative Darryl Schaffer in a statement. "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."

Lane, a two-time Tony Award winner, stars as Chauncey Miles, a famous "nance," which is an outrageously effeminate stock burlesque character. The play is set in 1930s New York, where the mayor has started cracking down on homosexual "deviants." The cast, which features Jonny Orsini as Chauncey's younger lover, also includes Jenni Barber, AndrĂ©a Burns, Cady Huffman, Mylinda Hull, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, and Lewis J. Stadlen.

Directed by out Broadway veteran Jack O'Brien, The Nance played the Lyceum Theatre and won three Tonys. The Advocate named the comedic drama one of its top 10 LGBT-inclusive shows of 2013, calling it Beane's "most satisfying play since The Little Dog Laughed."

Lane came out publicly as gay in a 1999 interview with The Advocate. He and Matthew Broderick, who broke box office records in 2001 as stars of the Broadway musical megahit The Producers, will reunite on Broadway later this year in Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play.

For The Nance screening locations and tickets visit broadwayonscreen.com.

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