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Ben Platt Wins Performance Prize at Drama League Awards, Breaks Record for Youngest Winner!

Ben Platt walks the red carpet while attending the 2017 Drama League Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on Friday (May 19) in New York City.

The 23-year-old actor beat out all of the other performers on Broadway this season to win the Distinguished Performance Award. Only one person wins the award each year and each recipient can only receive this award once during his or her career.

Ben, who won for his work in Dear Evan Hansen, becomes the youngest winner of the award ever!

Other stars that were in attendance included Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812‘s Josh Groban, Denee Benton, and Lucas Steele, Dear Evan Hansen‘s Rachel Bay Jones and Laura Dreyfuss, Six Degrees of Separation‘s Allison Janney and Corey Hawkins, Bandstand‘s Laura Osnes, Sunset Boulevard‘s Glenn Close and Michael Xavier, The Little FoxesLaura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, Groundhog Day‘s Andy Karl, The Price‘s Danny DeVito, FalsettosAndrew Rannells, Brandon Uranowitz, and Christian Borle, Significant Other‘s Gideon Glick, The Glass Menagerie‘s Sally Field, and Hello Dolly‘s David Hyde Pierce and Kate Baldwin.

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Sara Bareilles Explains Why She Decided to Star in 'Waitress'

Sara Bareilles is gearing up to make her Broadway debut in the musical Waitress next weekend and she’s opening up about why she decided to star in the show she helped write.

The Grammy-nominated singer appeared alongside her future co-stars Will Swenson and Chris Diamantopoulos at a cast meet and greet on Thursday (March 23) in New York City.

“There was just a perfect storm of things that lined up,” Sara told Variety about taking over for Tony-nominated actress Jessie Mueller.

“I had originally thought that this year would get dedicated to making my next record, and I had gone into the songwriting process. And then when we got the news that Jessie was moving on, I hadn’t made a lot of headway with my own record yet and I was still sort of holding space for this show in a strange way,” Sara said. “It just felt like this was the time. I’m as close to the show as I’ll ever be. My friends are in the show. The band is the original band. Lots of things are still very similar to how it was created, and I feel like that’s the show I want to be in.”

Catch Sara in the show from March 31 until June 11 and watch a sneak peek at rehearsals below!

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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!

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 Makes Tonys History with Win at the Tony Awards 2014!

Audra McDonald hits the red carpet with her husband Will Swenson before winning at the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday (June 8) in New York City.

The 43-year-old actress won the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her work in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

Audra made history that evening as she is the first person to receive six acting Tony Awards and also the first person to win an award in each leading and featured category. Congratulations, Audra!

FYI: Audra is wearing Escada.


Audra McDonald’s Tony Awards 2014 Acceptance Speech

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Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald, & Bryan Cranston Win Big at Drama Desk Awards 2014!

Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald, and Bryan Cranston show off their shiny new trophies in the press room at the 2014 Drama Desk Awards on Sunday evening (June 1) in New York City.

Also joining the trio in the press room were fellow winners, The Glass Menagerie‘s Celia Keenan-Bolger and Aladdin‘s James Monroe Iglehart. Congrats to all the winners! Also attending the show that evening was the host Laura Benanti and Audra‘s husband Will Swenson.

Next week is the 2014 Tony Awards on June 8 – be sure to stay tuned to JustJared.com for all the Broadway updates!

15+ pictures inside of the winners of the 2014 Drama Desk AwardsMore Here! »

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Audra McDonald Makes Her Debut as Billie Holiday on Broadway

Audra McDonald takes her bow in character as Billie Holiday for the opening night performance of her Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill on Sunday (April 13) at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City.

There were tons of celebs that showed up to witness the performance including Marisa Tomei, TR Knight, Christine Baranski, Anika Noni Rose, and Broadway stars Sierra Boggess, Nikki M. James, Adam Jacobs, and Courtney Reed.

Audra‘s husband Will Swenson also showed up to give his support.

Head on over to LadyDayonBroadway.com for ticket information right now. The play is only running through June 1!

25+ pictures inside of Audra McDonald and others celebrating the opening night… More Here! »

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