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Tyne Daly withdraws from ‘Doubt’ on Broadway, citing health


Tony and Emmy-winning actress Tyne Daly is stepping down from her starring role in the first Broadway revival of “Doubt: a parable», citing health problems.

Daly was featured in the production of John Patrick Shanley Pulitzer Prize winner 2004 piece over a sexual assault accusation against a Catholic priest. She will be replaced by Amy Ryan, who will begin performances on February 13.

Roundabout Theater Company, the nonprofit organization producing the revival, announced the casting change Tuesday, saying in a press release: “Ms. Daly was unexpectedly hospitalized on Friday and unfortunately must withdraw from the production while receiving medical care; Fortunately, she is expected to make a full recovery. The organization did not provide further details.

The revival of “Doubt,” also starring Liev Schreiber, was scheduled to begin previews last Friday, but this first performance was canceled by Roundabout. The production then began performances on Saturday, with understudy Isabel Keating in Daly’s place; Keating has been playing the starring role since then and will continue to do so through Sunday.

Daly was to play Sister Aloysius Beauvier, a nun who is the principal of a Catholic school and who suspects the parish priest, Father Brendan Flynn, of misconduct. Schreiber plays the priest. In 2008, the play was adapted into a movie with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman; it was also adapted in an opera.

Daly, 77, has worked regularly on stage and screen. She starred in seven previous Broadway shows, winning a Tony Award in 1990 for her starring role in a revival of “Gypsy” and since earning two more nominations. She also won six Emmy Awards for the television shows “Cagney & Lacey,” “Christy,” and “Judging Amy.”

Ryan, 55, has starred in five previous Broadway shows and was twice nominated for Tony Awards in revivals of Roundabout. Her last appearance on Broadway was almost twenty years ago, when she appeared in a revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Since then, she has worked primarily in film and television, earning an Academy Award nomination for her work in “Gone Baby Gone.”

The revival of “Doubt,” directed by Scott Ellis, will now begin on March 7, a week later than originally planned. The production, which is scheduled to run through April 14, also stars Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Zoe Kazan.


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