Good B'way buzz shadows 'Doubt'

The reviews don’t come out until Wednesday, but buzz on the Rialto already picks John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” to make the move to Broadway.

The play about a nun who suspects a priest of sexual misconduct opens tonight at the Manhattan Theater Club with Brian F. O’Byrne and Cherry Jones in the lead roles. Doug Hughes, who took “Frozen” from Off Broadway to Broadway last season, directs.

If Shanley’s “Doubt” makes it to Broadway, it would be the prolific scribe’s first Broadway credit. He won an Oscar for his “Moonstruck” screenplay.

Theaters are scarce for the spring, but the Lyceum looks free as soon as the limited engagement of “Whoopi” departs there. It is skedded to close Jan. 30.

Producer Carole Shorenstein Hays, who recently came to the rescue of “Gem of the Ocean,” holds commercial rights to “Doubt.” She took over as a lead producer of the August Wilson play when the production fell about $1 million short of its $2.3 million capitalization. “Gem” opens Dec. 6 on Broadway.

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