Annaleigh Ashford Welcomes Son Jack Clark

Annaleigh Ashford and husband Joe Tapper are first-time parents to a baby boy

Annaleigh Ashford pregnant Joe Tapper

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It’s a Broadway baby boy!

Kinky Boots alum Annaleigh Ashford and husband Joe Tapper welcomed their first child — a son — on Thursday, Sept. 8, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Born at 6:36 a.m. in Los Angeles, Jack Clark Tapper weighed in at 7 lbs., 3 oz., and measured 21 inches long.

“There are no words to describe our joy when we first met our Jack,” the couple tell PEOPLE.

Jack is technically an only child for now, but joins Ashford and Tapper’s dog Gracie to round out the household.

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Annaleigh Ashford Welcomes Son

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The pair, who tied the knot in 2013, confirmed the exciting news exclusively to PEOPLE in May.

“We are so excited to be having a little boy,” Ashford, 31, said at the time. “Now we’ll finally have a place to put all of Joe’s St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia.”

The Tony-winning actress, who will next star as Columbia in FOX’s televised musical version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 20, has a new little man whose eyes she can keep in the back of her mind if she’s away from him for a while.

“Joe has really magical eyes and an amazing face,” Ashford told The New York Times of her husband in 2013 shortly after they were wed. “Right away, he sparkled and smiled at me. When we are away from each other for a long time, I can always see his eyes.

“We hung out that whole night, until the wee hours of morning,” she added, recounting the first night they met. “I was always waiting to meet someone where it felt right, like the stars were aligned. I thought, ‘This is it.’ ”

Annaleigh Ashford Welcomes Son


And Jack is in luck, because his parents sound like quite the fun pair, taking off of work every year for Ashford’s birthday just to spend a day at Six Flags together — just the two of them (which is surely likely to turn into the three of them once Jack is old enough).

“We know all the roller coasters,” the Masters of Sex actress said. “We always get funnel cakes because funnel cakes are magic.”

— Jen Juneau with reporting by Sarah Michaud

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