Nathan Lane Brings Back Burlesque In “The Nance” – Movie Review #sponsored

Nathan Lane stars in "The Nance," a play-to-film that tackles societal norms and taboos in the Burlesque theater scene in 1930s' New York City. #sponsored

I am sure that most of you know Nathan Lane, an incredibly talented actor who has played in several film roles, including “The Birdcage”, “The Producers” and “Mouse Hunt,” to name a few. However, he currently concentrates his efforts on Broadway and his latest work is in the Douglas Carter Beane play, “The Nance.” Lincoln Theater At The Movies recently released a limited big screen performance of the play, and we at Eat Play Rock were fortunate enough to attend one of the showings in our area.

Nathan Lane In “The Nance”

The Nance is set in New York City during the 1930s, at a time when being anything other than straight was considered not only degenerative but criminal. During this time there were a lot of low budget, cheap and seedy shows {as was the view of many in that time} called burlesque shows. Burlesque shows would feature women in provocative attire dancing around the stage, as well as a lot of humor that was of an adult nature. One of the main characters of these shows was the nance. The nance character was meant to be a parody of a homosexual man, usually portrayed by a straight man.

Nathan Lane stars in "The Nance," a play-to-film that tackles societal norms and taboos in the Burlesque theater scene in 1930s' New York City. #sponsored

Nathan Lane plays Chauncey Miles, an actor in one such burlesque show who plays the Nance, but with one huge exception: Chauncey is actually a gay man. Although Chauncey thoroughly enjoys his role, he realizes the danger that he puts himself in by being what is considered highly taboo in New York in this era. This play deals with the stigma that many people face when they live outside societal norms.

Nathan Lane stars in "The Nance," a play-to-film that tackles societal norms and taboos in the Burlesque theater scene in 1930s' New York City. #sponsored

Our Thoughts On “The Nance”

“The Nance” had lots of side-splitting comedy throughout the play that just kept me laughing. However, the play does take on its serious moments, when it tackles some strong social issues that were not only extremely pertinent back in this time, but are also quite prominent today. In our ever-changing world, we see more and more people living life as they choose today – a right they were not always afforded. There are parts of the country, though, where the thought process of many is much the same as it was in the 1930s. So I am sure that many people today can relate to what Chauncey was going through back then.

Nathan Lane stars in "The Nance," a play-to-film that tackles societal norms and taboos in the Burlesque theater scene in 1930s' New York City. #sponsored

We Recommend “The Nance” For…

If you are looking for something that is not your typical summer movie fare, then “The Nance” is a great alternative. Nathan Lane delivers a one-of-a-kind performance as Chauncey Miles in this stirring play-to-film. But, consider leaving the kids at home for this one due to the adult nature of the content. “The Nance” is devilishly entertaining and all of the performances are outstanding. We think that anyone who is a fan of thought provoking social issues, adult comedy and burlesque will definitely enjoy “The Nance.”

Also, be prepared to have the production’s catch phrases and songs stuck in your head for weeks. My wife and I have been saying “Hi, simply hi!” “Slowly I turned…” and “Meet you round the corner in a half an hour” ever since we saw “The Nance.” It’s been a lot of fun!

Find out where The Nance and other Broadway To Screen productions will be playing in your area.

Have You Seen “The Nance?” What Did You Think Of It?

*Eat Play Rock was provided tickets to facilitate this review. All opinions are completely our own.

About Jay Crawford

Jay is a die hard sports fan {football and college basketball being his favorites}. His favorite teams are the Carolina Panthers and Tarheels and, of course, his alma mater, the Appalachian Mountaineers. He spends his free time listening to music, especially KISS, Def Leppard, the Eagles and a lot of the newer country music, and watching comic book and action movies. The more special effects - the better.


  1. Nathan Lane is an amazing actor.. I have not seen this, but i have seen allot of his other work, and he is incredible.

  2. Jessica Peeling says

    I know a lot of people that would be interested in this morning. Thanks for sharing your review! 🙂

  3. Jessica Peeling says

    Movie** I cannot type at all today!

  4. Best thing I have seen Nathan Lane do? Timon in “The Lion King”… But this sounds like a good play…
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  5. I love Nathan Lane! He is hilarious and an amzing entertainer 🙂

  6. I haven’t seen this play but I did see him and Matthew Broderick in The Producers on Broadway. He was wonderful!
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  7. I have not seen The Nance yet, but I have no doubt I will thoroughly enjoy it. I love Nathan Lane.
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  8. He usually does a remarkable job at whatever role he takes on. I think this would be well worth seeing, and it’s nice that it balances the seriousness with the laughs.
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  9. I love Nathan Lane. He is hilarious and does great work.
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  10. Oh yes, I remember him from Mouse Hunt! That’s a very old movie but one that remains a classic for us at home. Nathan Lane is indeed very talented!

  11. Always love art that addresses social issues. Thanks for sharing your review. Hopefully I will have a chance to see it! love Nathan Lane.
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  12. I absolutely ADORE Nathan Lane! This would be so wonderful to see! <333
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  13. Life is a musical and what’s there not to love about them. Looking forward to seeing this.
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  14. Nathan Lane is a great actor. Great review!

  15. I think it would be nice to see it. I bet my in-laws would love to see it too.

  16. Rebecca Swenor says

    I love Nathan Lane. He is a great actor. I would love to see the Nance. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I like Nathan Lane and think that would be a fantastic movie. Thanks for sharing your great review.

  18. Nathan Lane is awesome! I’m always game for a good laugh.
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  19. Had not heard of The Nance! Looks like it was a really good show!
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  20. Nathan Lane is an amazing actor! Mouse Hunt is still one of my favorites!! I would totally go and see this!
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  21. Love Nathan, haven’t heard of this and I’m not really interested. Though I love almost everything he’s ever done.
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  22. How exciting to get to see Nathan Lane, I love him. He is so fun to watch on TV, I would love to see him on the stage. Great review, I have never been to a musical.
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  23. The leading actor is absolutely perfect for that movie. Very neat wardrobe too. That movie hasn´t been released here yet.

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