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Photo Coverage: Inside The Barrington Stage Co. NYC Benefit at The Friars Club

The invitation proclaimed An Evening of Pure Joy and the Barrington Stage Company's NYC Benefit held at The Friars Club last night surpassed all expectations. A star studded roster from the Bsc actors bench filled the Friars Club with song as Tony Award Winning ComposerLyricist William Finn presented Joe Iconis with the William Finn Award for Innovation and Excellence in Musical Theatre. Julianne Boyd, artistic director and founder of Barrington Stage Company, Mary Ann Quinson, Board Chair, and Marita O'Dea Glodt, opened the evenings festivities. The Sro guests in the legendary Friars Club were entertained by Bsc performers, Jennette Bayardelle, Allison Blackwell, Ellen Harvey, Lauren Marcus, Kyle Dean Massey, Jeff McCarthy, Anastasia Mccluskey, Anne L. Nathan, Will Roland, Scarlett Strallen, Will Swenson,Jason Sweetooth Williams,Eric William Morris, and Stephanie Umoh. Musical direction was by Darren Cohen.
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The Public Celebrates 50 Years of ‘Hair’ + More NYC Events 10/20–26

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. Let the sun shine in.It’s been 50 years since the rock musical “Hair” debuted and changed the face of American theater. To honor the half-centennial milestone and raise funds for the Public Theater (where “Hair” got its start), Diane Paulus will direct a benefit celebration. Featuring stage stars including Jonathan Groff, Caissie Levy, Will Swenson, Allison Case, and several more, the concert will be preceded by a cocktail reception and dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall. Tickets are unfortunately exorbitant, but you can expect video footage to arise. (Tickets start at $750) Tony nominees will get in your face.
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Will Swenson Will Return to Waitress as Earl This Fall!

The producers of the Broadway hit Waitress have announced that on September 12, 2017 Tony Award nominee Will Swenson will return to the hit Broadway musical in the role of Earl, the ne'er-do-well husband, opposite Betsy Wolfe as Jenna, the titular pie-maker. Earl is currently played by Joe Tippett, who will play his final performance on September 10.
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Video: Sugar, Butter, Sara! The Brooks Atkinson Gets a Makeover to Welcome Its New Star

Multi platinum-selling Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter and New York Times best-selling author Sara Bareilles, who composed the music and lyrics for the hit Broadway show Waitress, will make her Broadway acting debut on March 31 in the lead role of Jenna Hunterson for a limited engagement of 10 weeks, through June 11, 2017. Joining her are TV star Chris Diamantopoulos as Dr. Pomatter, who inspires the expert pie-maker to create an 'I Wanna Play Doctor with my Gynecologist' pie, and beloved Broadway leading man and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson as Earl, Jenna's ne'er-do-well husband.
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Meet My Baby Girl! Beauty and the Beast’s Audra McDonald Opens Up About Becoming a Mom Again at 46

Meet My Baby Girl! Beauty and the Beast’s Audra McDonald Opens Up About Becoming a Mom Again at 46
It’s the sequel that came 16 years later!

Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald welcomed her second daughter Sally James in October 2016, over a decade and a half after giving birth to her first daughter Zoe Madeline.

And the Beauty and the Beast star tells People in the latest issue that she’s taking on a different parenting style with her new little one.

“I’m calmer this time around, 16 years later,” says McDonald, 46. “Or maybe it’s that I’m just tired because I’m older, but I don’t sweat the small stuff as much.”

Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements,
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Bww TV: Sugar, Butter, Sara! Bareilles and Her New Waitress Co-Stars Get Ready for Their Debuts!

Multi platinum-selling Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter and New York Times best-selling author Sara Bareilles, who composed the music and lyrics for the hit Broadway showWaitress, will make her Broadway acting debut on March 31 in the lead role of Jenna Hunterson for a limited engagement of 10 weeks, through June 11, 2017. Joining her are TV star Chris Diamantopoulos as Dr. Pomatter, who inspires the expert pie-maker to create an 'I Wanna Play Doctor with my Gynecologist' pie, and beloved Broadway leading man and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson as Earl, Jenna's ne'er-do-well husband.
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Audra McDonald on Becoming a Mom Again at 46: ‘I Didn’t Think This Was Where My Life Would Be at This Age’

Audra McDonald on Becoming a Mom Again at 46: ‘I Didn’t Think This Was Where My Life Would Be at This Age’
Audra McDonald is counting her blessings.

The Beauty and the Beast star, 46, stopped by to talk to People about her work and family — including her and husband Will Swenson‘s new baby girl Sally James, 5 months.

“I’m so lucky. She was such a surprise, and I didn’t think this was where my life would be at this age,” the six-time Tony-winning actress and singer says of becoming a mother again later in life. (McDonald’s daughter from a previous marriage, Zoe Madeline, is 16.)

“But I’m thrilled to be there,” she continues. “This is obviously a soul that
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Watch Live: Broadway’s Biggest Stars Sing Out in Inauguration Day ‘Concert For America’

Watch Live: Broadway’s Biggest Stars Sing Out in Inauguration Day ‘Concert For America’
Broadway’s biggest stars are lending their voices to an Inauguration Day concert in New York City Friday, designed to raise money for national organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights, women’s health and environmental protection.

The event is already sold out, but People and Entertainment Weekly is streaming the show live from N.Y.C.’s Town Hall beginning at 3 p.m. Est — right here on People.com.

It’ll also be streaming on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (Pen). Go to People.com/Pen, or download the app for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, Xfinity,
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Audra McDonald at Center of Shuffle Along Insurance Lawsuit

Powerhouse Broadway coupleAudra McDonald and Will Swenson just welcomed their new baby girl into the world, and the Broadway community can't wait to see what kind of star she'll grow into. But in the midst of this joy, the producers of Shuffle Along, which McDonald departed early due to her surprise pregnancy at the age of 45, has sued its insurer Lloyd's of London for refusing to cover the losses caused by the Tony winner's exit.
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Laura Osnes and Will Swenson to Star in Waterwell's Blueprint Specials Musicals at Under the Radar 2017

Waterwell announced today the revival of the Blueprint Specials, a series of lost WWII-era musicals composed principally by Broadway legend Frank Loesser to be presented in association with the Intrepid Sea, Air amp Space Museum and The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival. The production will star Tony Award nominees Laura Osnes Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde and Will Swenson Hair and be directed by Drama Desk nominee Tom Ridgely.
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Audra McDonald Gives Birth to a Baby Girl

Audra McDonald Gives Birth to a Baby Girl
Congratulations are in order! Audra McDonald has given birth to a baby girl named Sally James McDonald-Swenson. This is McDonald's second daughter, but her first with husband Will Swenson. The couple announced the news on Twitter with an adorable picture of their newborn's tiny feet. ".@thewillswenson and I are overjoyed to welcome Sally James McDonald-Swenson, born last night at 11:16pm. Our hearts are bursting," McDonald tweeted. McDonald first announced the news of her pregnancy on Twitter in May and revealed she would be taking time off from Lady Day. "Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy?" McDonald tweeted. "Will and I are...
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Will Swenson and Audra McDonald Welcome Daughter Sally James

Will Swenson and Audra McDonald Welcome Daughter Sally James
Broadway baby: Audra McDonald and Will Swenson are new parents!

“ and I are overjoyed to welcome Sally James McDonald-Swenson, born last night at 11:16pm. Our hearts are bursting,” the six-time Tony winner, 46, tweeted Thursday. Their little girl’s name honors Swenson’s late mother, Sally, and McDonald’s late father, Stanley James.

The couple have been married since 2012, and have three children between them from previous marriages. McDonald is mom to 15-year-old daughter Zoe Madeline, and Swenson, 43 — known for his Broadway work in Hair and Les Misérables, the latter of which played its final performance Sept. 4 — has two sons: Sawyer,
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Audra McDonald, Vanessa Williams, Matthew Morrison & More Join Provincetown's Broadway Lineup!

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, Ma, has announced that 6-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will return to Provincetown on August 21 for one show only, joined by husband and fellow-Broadway star Will Swenson. Matthew Morrison star of Glee and Finding Neverland is also slated to join pianist amp host Seth Rudetsky for the Broadway Town Hall series on August 7th. The Art House's hotly anticipated 2016 summer season will also include artists like Vanessa Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Cheyenne Jackson, the Indigo Girls, Megan Hilty, Judy Kuhn, Gavin Creel and Steve Grand, among others. This summer, the venue's marquee Broadway concert series will again encompass performances at both The Art House as well as Provincetown's Town Hall. The Broadway Town Hall concert series will help raise funds for the Tyler Clementi Foundation. For Tickets visit www.ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006.
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Audra McDonald "Surprised but Elated" to Be Pregnant at 45

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald had an extra special Mother's Day this year. The 45-year-old Broadway veteran revealed this morning that she and husband Will Swenson are expecting their first child together. "Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy?" McDonald tweeted. "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...
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 3/20/16- Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

Today in 2011, Priscilla Queen of the Desert opened at the Palace Theatre, wehre it is still running currently 415 performances. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a musical with a book by Australian film director-writer Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, using well-known pop songs as its score. Adapted from Elliott's 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical tells the story of two drag queens and a transsexual, who contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. The original Broadway cast includes Will Swenson as Tick Mitzi, Tony Sheldon, again, reprising his role of Bernadette, and Nick Adams as Adam Felicia.
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Nick Adams to Host Broadway for Africa Benefit Concert at Birdland, Featuring Will Swenson, Julia Murney, and More!

Nick Adams HostsBroadway For Africa Reuniting with his co-stars inPriscilla Queen of the Desert, Will Swenson and Tony Sheldon,with special guests Alison Luff, Julia Murney, Tryphena Wade, Eliseo Roman and The Skivvies Monday, April 4 at 7pm Birdland The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Nick Adams will host Broadway For Africa, a star-studded benefit featuring a host of Broadway talent on Monday, April 4 at 7pm.
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Breaking News: Will Swenson Returns to Broadway's Les Miserables to Sub for Injured Earl Carpenter

This just in Original cast member Will Swenson will return to the role of Javert in Cameron Mackintosh's Broadway production of Les Miserables for a limited time beginning this Wednesday,November 18, stepping in for Earl Carpenter as he recovers from a neck injury cervical vertebrae impingement. Carpenter will undergo an Mri this week to determine a treatment plan and timetable for recovery.
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Stage Tube: Will Swenson & Ramin Karimloo Reunite at 54 Below for Les Miserables Role Swap!

All last week at 54 Below, Tony Award nominee Will Swenson took the stage for his Feinstein's54 Below solo debut. He's had special guests all week including wife Audra McDonald, Nick Adams and Caissie Levy. Below, watch as Swenson reunites with his Les Miserables castmate Ramin Karimloo to perform what else, but 'The Confrontation' and 'A Little Fall of Rain.'
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