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Host Audra McDonald Cozies Up To Husband Will Swenson at Tony Awards 2020

Audra McDonald walks the red carpet with her husband, Will Swenson, at the 2020 Tony Awards on Sunday (September 26) at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

The 51-year-old actress will be hosting the award ceremony, which will honor the best of Broadway’s 2019-20 season!

The ceremony was delayed from June 2020, due to pandemic restrictions.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had hosts of color up there,” Audra shared with the New York Times about the ceremony, which she’ll host with Leslie Odom, Jr., “It models something, seeing two hosts of color representing theater and the Tonys.”

Paramount+ will stream the two-hour Tony Awards ceremony starting at 7pm ET and CBS will then air a two-hour primetime special, The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!, starting at 9pm ET.

The primetime special will include performances from beloved classics and the three Best Musical nominees.

FYI: Audra is wearing a Carolina Herrera dress, a Jimmy Choo clutch, and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Click through the gallery for 20+ photos of Audra McDonald on the red carpet… More Here! »

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These Celeb Couples Made It A Date Night at Roundabout Theater's Gala 2020

Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy cozy up on the red carpet while attending the Roundabout Theater’s 2020 Gala held at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on Monday night (March 2) in New York City.

The married couple and current Homeland co-stars were joined at the event were joined by a few other celeb couples including Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Laura Osnes and Nathan Johnson, and Audra McDonald and Will Swenson.

The cute couples were joined by Sutton Foster, Carla Gugino, Debra Messing, Jessica Lange, Blair Underwood, Sara Sampaio, and Jane Krakowski.

Designer Michael Kors and husband Lance Le Pere, and Alan Cumming were honored at the gala with Neil Patrick Harris and Cyndi Lauper performing.

The awards are given to those who have made an indelible impact artistically and philanthropically on both theatre and Roundabout.

FYI: Carla is wearing a Georges Chakra dress and Jacob & Co. jewelry.

35+ pictures inside of Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy, Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin and more at the Roundaout Theater’s annual gala…

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Michael Shannon & Audra McDonald Celebrate Opening Night of 'Frankie and Johnny'!

Michael Shannon happily poses alongside his co-star Audra McDonald while attending the opening night after party for their play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune held at Brasserie 8.5 restaurant on Wednesday (May 29) in New York City.

The 44-year-old actor and the 48-year-old actress take the lead in new Broadway production of Terrence McNally‘s play, directed by Obie Award winner Arin Arbus, who were both in attendance at the event.

Audra was also accompanied by her husband Will Swenson who stepped out to show his support.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune tells the story of a lonely waitress and a short order cook whose first date turns into a one-night stand – and maybe more.

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High School BFFs Ben Platt, Beanie Feldstein, & Kathryn Gallagher Reunite at 'Oklahoma' Opening!

Kathryn Gallagher, Ben Platt, and Beanie Feldstein walk the red carpet together at the opening night of the Broadway revival of Oklahoma on Sunday night (April 7) in New York City.

The three young stars all went to high school together in Los Angeles and they’ve all appeared on Broadway in the years since. Beanie‘s new movie Booksmart hits theaters next month, Ben‘s new album Sing to Me Instead was just released, and Kathryn is heading back to Broadway in the fall.

Joining Kathryn at the event were her Jagged Little Pill co-stars Elizabeth Stanley and Lauren Patten.

More stars attending the opening night included Billy Eichner with HitRecord’s Jared Geller, Rosie O’Donnell, Lea DeLaria, Phillipa Soo and husband Steven Pasquale, CNN’s Don Lemon with fiance Tim Malone, Andrew Rannells with Matthew Risch, former Hair co-stars Will Swenson and Caissie Levy, and Be More Chill‘s Will Roland.

The stars of OklahomaRebecca Naomi Jones, Damon Daunno, and Ali Stroker – all stepped out on the red carpet as well!

Oklahoma is getting glowing reviews and a lot of Tony Awards buzz!

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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!