The actress Tyne Daly has been forced to withdraw from a Broadway revival of the modern classic drama Doubt: A Parable.
The 77-year-old actress will be replaced by Academy Award–nominee Amy Ryan, 55, who has also been twice nominated for a Tony.
Daly was forced to step down from the performance, which is being put on by the Roundabout Theater Company, after she was ‘unexpectedly hospitalized’ for unstated reasons, a representative for the production announced on Tuesday.
Doubt: A Parable was published by John Patrick Shanley in 2004 and details a Catholic nun’s quest to remove a priest she believes may have sexually abused a young boy in the mid-1960s, despite a lack of conclusive evidence.
Daly was set to lead the play in a role played by Meryl Streep in the feature film adaptation from 2008, while Liev Schreiber is playing the suspected priest and Zoe Kazan is playing a younger, less-experienced nun.
The actress Tyne Daly has been forced to withdraw from a Broadway revival of the modern classic drama Doubt: A Parable. The 77-year-old actress will be replaced by Academy Award–nominee Amy Ryan, who has also been twice nominated for a Tony
The John Patrick Shanley–penned play was adapted as the acclaimed film Doubt in 2008. It starred Meryl Streep (in Daly’s role) with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis
‘Ms. Daly was unexpectedly hospitalized on Friday and unfortunately needs to withdraw from the production while she receives medical care; she is thankfully expected to make a full recovery,’ a representative for the play said in a statement.
Daly was forced to depart the production at an unfortunate time during its first week of preview performances, and the first preview on Friday had to be canceled.
However, her understudy Isabel Keating was able to step in starting on Saturday for her role as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the strict and often cold head nun and principal of a fictional Catholic grade school located in the Bronx in 1964.
Keating will continue in the role through Sunday, February 11, and Ryan will make her debut in the part starting on Tuesday, February 13.
‘With respect and admiration for Tyne, we wish her the best and a quick recovery,’ said the production’s director Scott Ellis in a statement. ‘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,’ he added.
Schreiber costars in Doubt as Father Flynn, a much-liked progressive priest at the local parish.
Aloysius comes to suspect that he may have sexually abused the Catholic school’s first Black student after he begins to act strangely following a mysterious one-on-one meeting with the priest behind closed doors.
The role was played in the 2008 film adaptation by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in 2014 of an accidental drug overdose.
Kazan plays Sister James, a young nun who initially doubts Father Flynn’s guilt and disapproves of Sister Aloysius’ prickly demeanor.
That role was played by Amy Adams in the film version, while Viola Davis was also featured in a supporting role as the mother of the potentially abused boy who refuses to believe that Father Flynn may have harmed her child.
The film was well received by critics, and Streep was nominated for the best actress Oscar, while Hoffman was nominated for best supporting actor and Adams and Davis were both nominated in the best support actress category.
Daly is a regular on Broadway and won a Tony Award in 1990 for starring in a revival of Gypsy, and she went on to earn two more nominations from the theater awards.
‘Ms. Daly was unexpectedly hospitalized on Friday and unfortunately needs to withdraw from the production while she receives medical care; she is thankfully expected to make a full recovery,’ a representative for the play said in a statement; seen in 2019 in NYC
The play follows a senior nun’s quest to remove a well-liked priest she suspects of sexually abusing a young boy, even though the boy’s mother refuses to believe her
Liev Schreiber costars in Doubt as Father Flynn, the beloved priest who is suspected of abusing a Bronx-based Catholic school’s first Black student. Zoe Kazan plays an inexperienced nun who initially gravitates to the progressive priest instead of the strict older nun
Ryan will begin playing Daly’s role of Sister Aloysius Beauvier on February 13, while Daly’s understudy will play the part through February 11; seen in 2020 in Park City, Utah
Although she has appeared in several films going back to the late 1960s, the actress is best known for her television work, which has earned her six Emmy Awards over the years for her roles on Cagney & Lacey, Christy and Judging Amy.
Ryan has also been a regular on Broadway and has earned two Tony nominations, though she has been alway for almost two decades while focusing on her acclaimed film and television career.
She earned a best supporting actress nomination from the Academy Awards for her role in the Ben Affleck–directed mystery thriller Gone Baby Gone, which starred his brother Casey Affleck.
She has had major roles on HBO’s The Wire and the comedy series The Office, and more recently appeared on Hulu’s Only Murders In The Building.