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Tyne Daly exits ‘Doubt’; Amy Ryan will take over

The revival of John Patrick Shanley’s play has rescheduled its opening night.

Amy Ryan (Credit: Courtesy of Polk & Co.)

Tony Award-winning actor Tyne Daly has withdrawn from the 2024 revival of “Doubt” due to health concerns. Daly was set to play Sister Aloysius in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the John Patrick Shanley play. Oscar- and two-time Tony-nominated actor Amy Ryan will assume the role beginning Feb. 13. 

Roundabout has also rescheduled the production’s opening night. “Doubt” was previously scheduled to open on Feb. 29 at the newly renamed Todd Haimes Theatre; it will now open on March 7. The revival remains a limited run through April 14.

“Doubt” was scheduled to begin previews on Feb. 2. That preview was canceled on the day of, citing a “non-COVID-related illness.” Representatives for the production have now confirmed that Daly was unexpectedly hospitalized that day.

Previews began on Feb. 3 with understudy Isabel Keating in the role. Keating also stepped in for the Feb. 4 preview.

The production has shared that Daly will need additional medical care. While she is expected to make a full recovery, her condition will prevent her from leading “Doubt.” The mounting would have been the Tony-winning “Gypsy” actor’s first Broadway appearance since 2015’s “It Shoulda Been You.”

Keating will continue to play Sister Aloysius through Feb. 11, after which she will remain the understudy for the role. Keating earned a Tony nomination for her turn as Judy Garland in 2003’s “Boy From Oz.” She has also been seen in “Wicked” and “It’s Only a Play.”

Ryan last appeared on the Main Stem as Stella Kowalski in the 2005 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” for which she earned a Tony nomination. Ryan had previously earned a Tony nod for her turn as Sofya Alexandrovna in 2000’s “Uncle Vanya.” Her other Broadway credits include “The Sisters Rosensweig,” “The Three Sisters” and “The Women.” Ryan received an Oscar nomination for her performance in “Gone Baby Gone.” She is known for her turns in television series such as “The Wire,” “In Treatment,” “The Office” and “Only Murders in the Building,” the latter for which she was nominated for a SAG Award.

“With respect and admiration for Tyne, we wish her the best and a quick recovery. We are grateful that Amy Ryan said yes — in a quick minute — to join our company and take on the role of ‘Sister Aloysius.’ We deeply appreciate Isabel Keating, who remarkably stepped in with a day of rehearsal and allowed us to get the production up on its feet during this first week of performances,” director Scott Ellis said in a statement.

“Doubt” also features Tony nominee Liev Schreiber as Father Flynn, Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Mrs. Muller and Zoe Kazan as Sister James. 

The revival is is produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, under the leadership of interim artistic director Ellis and executive producer Sydney Beers.