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Audra McDonald Welcomes Baby Girl Sally James with Husband Will Swenson

Audra McDonald and her husband Will Swenson have welcomed their first child together: a baby girl named Sally James!

“Will and I are overjoyed to welcome Sally James McDonald-Swenson, named for Will’s late mother, Sally, and my late father, Stanley James. Our hearts are bursting and our lives forever changed,” Audra wrote on her Instagram, along with her little one’s feet.

Audra took a leave of absence from her Broadway show Shuffle Along back in July, and also postponed going to London for her show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill because of the pregnancy.

Congrats to the happy couple on the wonderful news!

Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, & More Broadway Stars Sing 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' at DNC 2016 (Video)

Tons of familiar Broadway faces took the stage for a performance at the 2016 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night (July 27) in Philadelphia, Penn.

The star-studded line-up included Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Darren Criss, Debra Messing, Kristen Bell, Tyne Daly, and Rosie Perez as they took turns singing parts of “What the World Needs Now Is Love” by Jackie DeShannon.

“Just finished singing w/my beautiful friend @idinamenzel – and a slew of others from the broadway community-at the #dnc ! We sang ‘what the world needs now’ and – SPOILER ALERT- its LOVE!!! This arena is on fire w/kindness and I’m honored to be here. I love my country. #lovetrumpshate,” Kristen later wrote on Instagram.

Watch the performance below!


Broadway Stars Sing at DNC 2016

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Audra McDonald & 'Shuffle Along' Cast Perform at Tony Awards 2016 (Video)

Audra McDonald is a fab flapper while performing on stage at the 2016 Tony Awards held at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday (June 12) in New York City.

The legendary Broadway actress was joined in the performance by her co-stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joshua Henry, Billy Parter, and nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Adrienne Warren.

Brandon was nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and Adrienne was nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, but they both lost out to the stars of Hamilton.

Shuffle Along is nominated for a total of ten awards tonight, including Best Musical.

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James Corden Does 'Carpool Karaoke' with Broadway Stars Before the Tony Awards!

James Corden is back with another episode of Carpool Karaoke featuring some of Broadway’s biggest stars!

With the Tony Awards less than a week away, nominees Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jane Krakowski, as well as Audra McDonald and Jesse Tyler Ferguson crammed into James‘ car to sing some tunes.

The group sang songs from Hamilton, Rent‘s “Seasons of Love,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” from Jersey Boys. The ride ended with an epic rendition of Les Miserables‘ “One Day More”.

Watch the entire video below…


Broadway Carpool Karaoke

Audra McDonald Honored at New Dramatists Luncheon

Audra McDonald wears a beaming grin as she arrives at the New Dramatists Annual Luncheon on Thursday (May 12) at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.

The Broadway icon was joined by stage stars including Lupita Nyong’o at the luncheon.

Audra was toasted by her fellow stage actors, including her Shuffle Along co-star Brian Stokes Mitchell.

“The boundless career forged by Audra McDonald’s drive to explore all the places her creative impulses lead, and the passion with which she has pursued her art is kindred to the playwrights working at New Dramatists and makes her an ideal honoree for our spring luncheon,” said Emily Morse, artistic director of New Dramatists (via Theater Mania).

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Broadway Star Audra McDonald Pregnant, Expecting Baby with Husband Will Swenson!

Audra McDonald just announced that she’s expecting a baby with her husband Will Swenson!

The 45-year-old six-time Tony award winning actress announced the news in a statement, via Playbill, that read, “Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy? Will and I are completely surprised—and elated—to be expecting a new addition to our family. I am so very grateful to everyone in New York and London for allowing me to rearrange my schedule to accommodate this little miracle. While I’m disappointed I have to postpone my West End debut in Lady Day, I’m glad I’ll be able to spend a little more time in Shuffle Along this summer and will look forward to setting up a 1920s-themed nursery in my dressing room when I return to the show.”

Audra will take a leave from Shuffle Along, her current Broadway show, beginning July 24. In addition, Audra was supposed to bring her Tony-winning performance from Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill to London. This production has been postponed as well.

Both Audra and Will have children from previous relationships. This will be their first child together after marrying in 2012. Congrats!

Audra McDonald Gets Raves for New Show 'Shuffle Along'

Audra McDonald holds a large bouquet of flowers while making her opening night bow for her Broadway musical Shuffle Along on Thursday night (April 28) a the Music Box Theatre in New York City.

The theater legend, who has won Tony Awards in every possible acting category, was joined on stage by her co-stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Joshua Henry, and Brandon Victor Dixon, among others.

Audra is of course getting raves for her work.

“It goes without saying at this point that there’s nothing the superhuman McDonald can’t do onstage, but rarely do we get to see her cut loose in exuberant comedic mode to the extent she does here,” The Hollywood Reporter said. “Even beyond her numbers, McDonald kills it with her timing — every word, look or gesture smacks its target.”

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