Last Wednesday 2013 Tony nominee Nathan Lane injured his foot during a performance of The Nance and had to be replaced by his understudy Stephen DeRosa. Despite the injury, Lane was back on the stage at the Lyceum Theatre last Thursday.
According to a phone interview with the New York Times Arts Beat, the Birdcage actor injured his foot and leg during the play's first act when Lane stepped off the production's turntable, which spins around to allow the sets to transform from a burlesque house to the apartment of Lane's character, Chauncey Miles.
"The turntable was moving very quickly and I misjudged it, and had one foot on the stage while the other was still on the turntable, and it pulled my leg," Lane said. "It twisted badly. I'm seeing a physical therapist today, and we'll see. I hope to be back in the show tonight."
The Nance tells the story of a 1930's era homosexual burlesque performer named Chauncey Miles. A "nance" was a show business term for a stereotypically camp homosexual man, who struggles with his own identity and society's hypocrisy towards homosexuality. In The Nance Playwright Douglas Carter Beane tells the story of a homosexual man living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of the 1930's New York City. The play runs through Sunday August 11th.
References: Broadway World
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