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Inside the Actors Studio. / Nathan Lane

Author: James LiptonNathan LaneMike KostelJohn ServidioJeff WurtzAll authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Actors Studio, ©1997.
Series: Inside the Actors Studio.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
Database:WorldCat
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James Lipton hosts an evening of discussion with Nathan Lane, actor of the stage and screen. Lane speaks about his upbringing in Jersey City, New Jersey, in an Irish American home, and his father, a truck driver and aspiring tenor, who died when Lane was eleven. Lane examines his childhood difficulties, for which he compensated with his humor; leaving college to seek work as an actor; his admiration for comic duo  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Nathan Lane; Nathan Lane; Nathan Lane; Terrence McNally; Terrence McNally; Neil Simon; Stephen Sondheim
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: James Lipton; Nathan Lane; Mike Kostel; John Servidio; Jeff Wurtz; Angelo Badalamenti; Actors Studio (New York, N.Y.); Bravo Cable Network.; Betelgeuse Productions.; In the Moment Productions Limited.
OCLC Number: 212630981
Notes: Originally broadcast on the Bravo Network.
Credits and title from video.
Episode no. 303.
"Betelgeuse Productions" and "In the Moment Productions, Ltd."--Credits at end of video.
The video contains blackouts at commercial breaks and editor's titles.
Credits: Original music by Angelo Badalamenti.
Performer(s): Host: James Lipton.
Event notes: Videotaped at the John L. Tishman Theater of The New School for Social Research, New York, N.Y. on Oct. 14, 1996. First broadcast on Sept. 21, 1997.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (64 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Series Title: Inside the Actors Studio.
Other Titles: Inside the Actors Studio :
Responsibility: a co-production of the Actors Studio and Bravo, the Film and Arts Network ; executive producer, James Lipton ; produced by Mike Kostel and John Servidio ; directed by Jeff Wurtz ; written by James Lipton.

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James Lipton hosts an evening of discussion with Nathan Lane, actor of the stage and screen. Lane speaks about his upbringing in Jersey City, New Jersey, in an Irish American home, and his father, a truck driver and aspiring tenor, who died when Lane was eleven. Lane examines his childhood difficulties, for which he compensated with his humor; leaving college to seek work as an actor; his admiration for comic duo Laurel & Hardy and performer Jackie Gleason; his relationship with playwright Terrence McNally, in whose Off-Broadway play, The Lisbon Traviata, he performed his first major role for the stage; getting his first major Broadway role as Nathan Detroit in the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls; and his role as Max Prince, a character based on entertainer Sid Caesar, in the Neil Simon play Laughter on the 23rd floor. Lane elaborates also on the origins of his gift for comedy and how it has developed. He speaks about his role as Timon in the 1994 Disney animated film The lion king; his performance in the 1994 Manhattan Theater Club production of McNally's play Love! Valour! Compassion!; his work with director Mike Nichols and actor Robin Williams in the 1996 film The birdcage, in which he played Albert, a drag queen; and lastly, his role as Pseudolus in the 1996 Broadway revival of A funny thing happened on the way to the forum, for which he won a Tony Award. The discussion is illustrated with film clips from these works. A brief question and answer session with Lane and the Actors Studio master's degree students concludes the program.

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