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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!

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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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Alec Baldwin, Helen Mirren & More Hit The Stage At Roundabout Theatre's Spring Gala 2016!

Alec Baldwin and Helen Mirren hit the stage to present during the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2016 Spring Gala held at The Waldorf-Astoria on Monday (February 29) in New York City.

The 57-year-old actor and Helen, 70, were joined by honoree Audra McDonald, performers Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski, Vanessa Williams, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, as well as Harry Connick Jr. and his daughter Charlotte, 12, John Gallagher Jr., Denis O’Hare, Blythe Danner and Valorie Curry at the event celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary.

Tony Award-winner Audra, 45, and Roundabout’s Chairman of the Board Tom Tuft were honored with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre.

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Tom Cruise Checks Out Broadway's Hit Musical 'Hamilton'!

Tom Cruise poses for a photo with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda backstage at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Wednesday (December 23) in New York City.

The 53-year-old caught the show that evening and met some of the cast including Lin, Christopher Jackson, Sydney James Harcourt, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Leslie Odom Jr.

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Also in attendance at Hamilton that evening were Broadway legend Audra McDonald, as well as actors Richard Gere and Glenn Close.

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Audra McDonald Joins Beauty & The Beast As Singing Wardrobe

Audra McDonald is in final talks to star in the upcoming live-adaptation of Beauty and the Beast!

The 44-year-old actress would take on the role of Garderobe, the singing wardrobe closet.

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The film is also starring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as the villain Gaston, and Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston’s loyal sidekick.

If you weren’t aware, production on the film is set to start in May this year. We can’t wait!

Audra McDonald Reprises 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill' Role For HBO

Audra McDonald is all smiles while posing backstage during a performance of Broadway musical Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Friday (January 2) in New York City.

The 44-year-old Broadway actress was seen posing with some of the cast, such as Steel Burkhardt, Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, and James Monroe Iglehart.

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It was recently announced that Audra filmed her hit Broadway show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill last month, which will air on HBO. An air date has not been announced yet.

“Playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill on Broadway was one of the most challenging and artistically rewarding experiences of my career,” Audra shared in a statement. More Here! »

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