Winner of three Tony Awards, new production premieres on screen at Fisher Theatre
Sedona AZ (June 14, 2014) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Screenvision and Broadway Near You to host the big screen premiere of “The Nance” — winner of three Tony Awards. The theatrical stage production will be featured in high definition June 23-28 at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, “The Nance” stars Tony Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Nathan Lane (The Producers, The Birdcage). Lane received a Best Actor Tony Award nomination for his performance. He won the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award, “The Nance” won three Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design, Costume Design and Sound Design.
In the 1930s, burlesque impresarios welcomed the hilarious comics and musical parodies of vaudeville to their decidedly lowbrow niche. A headliner called “the nance” was a stereotypically camp homosexual and master of comic double entendre – usually played by a straight man.
“The Nance” recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. At a time when it is easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life.
Nathan Lane’s many credits include roles on stage, on television and on film including: The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards and the Olivier Award), The Addams Family (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), and many more. He has appeared in over 35 films and television shows including The Birdcage (Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actors Guild and American Comedy Awards), The Lion King, Stuart Little, 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.
The cast also boasts original Tony Award-winning Producers cast member Cady Huffman, Tony nominee Lewis J. Stadlen (Forum, The Producers, The Man Who Came to Dinner), Jenni Barber (The Performers, As You Like It), Andrèa Burns (In the Heights, Songs for a New World), Geoffrey Allen Murphy (War Horse) and Jonny Orsini (An Early History of Fire, Banished Children of Eve) in his Broadway debut as Ned, the younger lover of Lane’s character.
“A heartfelt new play set in the twilight of Burlesque.” — The New York Times
“Nathan Lane is as heartbreaking as he is hilarious!” — USAToday
“The Nance” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre June 23-28. There will be five performances: 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 23 and 24; and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, June 25, 27 and 28. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177. Tickets can also be ordered online at: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.