Doubt Expected To Begin Broadway Previews March 9

News   Doubt Expected To Begin Broadway Previews March 9
The acclaimed Manhattan Theatre Club staging of John Patrick Shanley's play, Doubt, will start Broadway performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre March 9, according to

The production's Off-Broadway run ended Jan. 30 at Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I. The original cast is expected to move, but an announcement had not been made as of Feb. 1.

MTC's world premiere of Doubt — about conflict between a nun (Cherry Jones) and a priest (Brían F. O'Byrne) who clash over the treatment of a male student at a Bronx Catholic school in the 1960s — was extended through Jan. 30 at City Center's Stage I. The production, directed by Doug Hughes, was originally announced to play a limited engagement through Jan. 9.

The cast featured Heather Goldenhersh (Psych, "Kinsey"), Cherry Jones (The Heiress), Adriane Lenox (Kiss Me, Kate) and Brían F. O'Byrne (Frozen, "Million Dollar Baby").

The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (set design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design) and David Van Tieghem (original music and sound design).

The tight, intermissionless, 90-minute drama takes place in a Bronx Catholic school in the 1960s, where an autocratic nun (Jones) suspects a beloved, charismatic priest (O'Byrne) of misbehavior with a young black student. Unable to affect change herself due to the strict hierarchy of the church, the Sister opens up dialogues with a junior nun (Goldenhersh) and the boy's mother (Lenox) to force a lengthy confrontation with the priest. Issues of loyalty, suspicion, sin, compromise and, yes, doubt, are explored through the actions of all four characters, and through two memorable set-piece sermons delivered by O'Byrne. Producer Carole Shorenstein Hays, whose credits include Gem of the Ocean, Take Me Out and Caroline, or Change, is taking the acclaimed MTC production to Broadway. Gem of the Ocean recently announced it will close Feb. 6 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Hays will produce the Shanley play with MTC and partners.

The move will mark the Broadway debut of prolific Shanley, an Off-Broadway and regional favorite known for Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and the original screenplay for "Moonstruck." The well-made play is a bit a departure for the writer, who is arguably better known for his combustible, untamed scripts.

Hays and Freddy DeMann will produce the Broadway revival of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed by Daniel Sullivan, at the Belasco Theatre. Denzel Washington will play Brutus.

Off-Broadway previews for Doubt began Nov. 3, 2004. Opening was Nov. 23.


Heather Goldenhersh in <i>Doubt</i>
Heather Goldenhersh in Doubt Photo by Joan Marcus
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