One of Broadway's more consistent box-office draws, Nathan Lane will return this season in a new play by Douglas Carter Beane. The two-time Tony Award-winning actor will lend his magical ticket-selling powers to "The Nance," which is scheduled to open April 15 at the Longacre Theatre.
"The Nance," produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, will be directed by Jack O'Brien. The comedy centers on a gay man who performs on the burlesque stage in the 1930s in New York.
Lane most recently appeared on Broadway in the musical comedy "The Addams Family." He has won Tonys for "The Producers" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The actor was in the original Broadway cast of David Mamet's "November," which is currently running in L.A. at the Mark Taper Forum with a different ensemble.
Earlier this year, Lane played against type in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, where he received positive reviews.
"The Nance" will mark Beane's second play to reach Broadway, following "The Little Dog Laughed" in 2006. The latter, a showbiz satire starring Julie White, ran at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2008. Beane also wrote the books for the Broadway musicals "Lysistrata Jones" and "Xanadu."