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Tyne Daly hospitalized, Amy Ryan to replace her in Broadway’s ‘Doubt’

Tyne Daly

NEW YORK — Tyne Daly was unexpectedly hospitalized the day she was set to take the stage in the Broadway revival of “Doubt” and she has since bowed out of the production.

Oscar and two-time Tony Award-nominee Amy Ryan has been tapped to take on the role of Sister Aloysius in the production, the Roundabout Theatre announced Tuesday.

“Ms. Daly was unexpectedly hospitalized on Friday and unfortunately needs to withdraw from the production while she receives medical care,” the company said.

No reason was given for Daly’s hospitalization, but the 77-year-old “Cagney & Lacey” star is expected to make a full recovery.

The limited engagement runs through April 14 at the newly renamed Todd Haimes Theatre.


Chita Rivera, left, and Lisa Mordente

NEW YORK — Broadway marquees will be dimmed next week in memory of late theater great Chita Rivera, who died in New York on Jan. 30 at the age of 91 following a brief illness.

The Broadway League announced Tuesday lights in the Theater District will go dark for one minute at exactly 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 17.

“Chita Rivera was Broadway royalty, and we will miss her with all our hearts,” the organization’s president, Charlotte St. Martin, said. “For nearly seven decades she enthralled generations of audiences with her spellbinding performances and iconic roles.”

Rivera originated the legendary roles of Anita in “West Side Story,” Rose in “Bye Bye Birdie” and Velma Kelly in “Chicago.”

She won two Tony Awards and became the first Hispanic American to receive Kennedy Center Honors. In 2009, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, acknowledging her as an “agent of change” who blazed trails and broke down barriers.

“Chita Rivera is eternal,” said Rita Moreno, who took on the role of Anita in the film version of “West Side Story.”

“Over the years, we were sometimes mistaken for each other, which I always viewed as a badge of honor.”


SAN FRANCISCO — In December, Taylor Swift hit Jack Sweeney, a junior studying information technology at the University of Central Florida, with a cease-and-desist letter that blamed his automated tracking of her private jet for tipping off stalkers to her location. Swift’s attorneys from Venable accused Sweeney of effectively providing “individuals intent on harming her, or with nefarious or violent intentions, a roadmap to carry out their plans.”

Sweeney provided the link to that letter in an email to the Associated Press. He emphasized he has never intended to cause harm, but believes strongly in the importance of transparency.

“One should reasonably expect that their jet will be tracked, whether or not I’m the one doing it, as it is public information after all,” he wrote.

A spokesperson for Swift said “the timing of stalkers” suggests a connection to Sweeney's flight-tracking sites.

Sweeney's automated tracking accounts merely repackage public data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, a government agency. That fact did not dissuade the Venable attorneys, who demanded that Sweeney “immediately stop providing information about our client's location to the public.”

The Swift spokesperson did not reply to a question inquiring whether the attorneys had issued the same demand to the FAA.

At one point Sweeney had more than 30 accounts on Twitter, now known as X. Elon Musk had his own dustup with Sweeney, tweeting he considered Sweeney's @elonjet account “a direct personal safety risk.”

Soon after, Musk effectively banned the student from X, accusing Sweeney of endangering his personal safety.


LONDON — Prince William returned to royal duties Wednesday for the first time since his father, King Charles III, announced his cancer diagnosis and his wife, Kate, was hospitalized for abdominal surgery.

William performed an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, and he’s scheduled to attend a fundraising dinner for London’s Air Ambulance Charity on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old heir to the throne temporarily stepped away from public duties last month to care for Kate and their children. But Charles’ cancer diagnosis is putting extra pressure on the royal family, with the king suspending his public appearances to focus on treatment and recovery.

Prince Harry arrived in London from California less than 24 hours after Buckingham Palace announced the king’s diagnosis. It has raised hopes the pair can repair their troubled relationship after Harry publicly complained about the way his biracial wife, Meghan Markle, was treated by palace officials.

From combined wire services

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