Audra McDonald is having a baby: and postponing her West End debut in Lady Day

10 May
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
Audra McDonald in the New York production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

We've waited a long time to catch six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald's West End debut... and unfortunately, we're all going to have to wait a little longer. She and her husband, fellow Broadway star Will Swenson, have just announced their having a baby. So the summer transfer of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL has been unavoidably postponed...

Today it was announced that this summer’s West End season of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will be postponed as the show’s star Audra McDonald has announced that she and her husband, actor Will Swenson, are expecting a baby. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill had been due to run at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre 25 June to 3 September 2016, with a press night on 5 July. Plans for revised dates will be announced soon.

Speaking from New York where she is currently starring in the Broadway production of Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, Audra McDonald said:

“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. Of course, I’m disappointed I have to postpone my West End debut in Lady Day, but I look forward to rescheduling as soon as possible.”

The couple married in 2012. While this is their first child together, she is mother to a daughter, and he is father to two sons, from their previous marriages.

Ticket purchasers should contact the Box Office or their supplier to arrange a refund.