Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.

Audra McDonald postpones London show after announcing pregnancy

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald postpones London show with the announcement she is expecting a baby.

McDonald was due to make her her West End debut as legendary jazz icon, Billie Holiday in the upcoming production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at the Wyndham’s Theatre this Summer.

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.”

McDonald and husband, actor Will Swenson, 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.

Plans for revised dates will be announced soon.  Ticket purchasers should contact the Box Office or their supplier to arrange a refund.

📷 Main photo: Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva

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