Congratulations to mama-to-be Audra McDonald and her husband Will Swenson.
The former Private Practice star announced her happy news Tuesday, joking that her current fancy footwork in Broadway’s Shuffle Along may have helped seal the deal.
“Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy?” McDonald said in a statement she also tweeted. “Will and I are completely surprised — and elated — to be expecting a new addition to our family.”
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As a result, the six-time Tony winner announced she will postpone her West End debut this summer in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and instead begin her maternity leave on July 24.
“I am so very grateful to everyone in New York and London for allowing me to rearrange my schedule to accommodate this little miracle,” McDonald said in the statement.
“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.”
McDonald, 45, is already mom to daughter, Zoe Madeline, 15, and Broadway star Swenson, 42, is father to two sons, Bridger, 15, and Sawyer, 12, from their previous marriages. The happy couple tied the knot in 2012.
— Kara Warner