The New Year also opens a new beginning for four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson as they became engaged to be married on New Year’s Day. The 41-year-old Private Practice star Audra McDonald and her fiancé Will Swenson met in 2007 while they were co-stars in Broadway's 110 in the Shade, in which McDonald played as Lizzie and Swenson understudied the leading role of Bill Starbuck. The couple also appeared together in a benefit production of the musical at the Hale Center in Utah in 2009.
The marriage of Audra McDonald and Will Swenson is the second marriage for both. They were previously married to other people and have children from these relationships. McDonald, 41, ended her husband and wife relationship with bassist Peter Donovan in 2009 after nine years together. The actress and Donovan have a daughter named Zoe Madeline. Meanwhile, Swenson, 38, has two sons Bridger and Sawyer with his ex-wife Amy Westerby.
At the present, McDonald is starring as Bess in the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess. McDonald won the Tony Award four times for “Carousel”, “Ragtime”, “Master Class” and “A Raisin in the Sun”. The actress’s film and television credits include “Private Practice” and “Wit”.
For Will Swenson, the actor is currently one among three stars of the Broadway musical “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” with his role as Tick. Swenson gained a Tony Award nomination for playing Berger in the 2008 movie “Hair.” Will Swenson also can be seen in the New York Philharmonic's production of Camelot.
Private Practice star Audra McDonald is engaged to Broadway star Will Swenson
McDonald tweeted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012: “Thanks for all of the sweet congrats on our engagement. We're super happy and excited”
The couple met while they were co-stars in Broadway's 110 in the Shade
Audra McDonald and Will Swenson began dating in 2011
Broadway stars Audra McDonald and Will Swenson became engaged to be married on New Year's Day
Audra McDonald and Will Swenson were both previously married to other people and have children from those unions
Audra McDonald with her daughter Zoe and Will Swenson with his eldest son Bridger