Audra McDonald weds fellow musical theater star Will Swenson

There’s no word whether they sang at their own wedding, but one of Broadway’s most decorated stars, Audra McDonald, tied the knot Saturday with Will Swenson, a fellow musical theater veteran whose credits include a Tony-nominated turn as the provocateur Berger in a 2009 revival of “Hair.”

The Associated Press reported that they were married Saturday at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

McDonald, 42, and Swenson, 38, had announced their engagement in January.  In June, McDonald won her fifth Tony Award – but her first as a lead performer – for her portrayal of Bess in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” which closed last month.

She also has won for featured actress roles in two other musicals, “Ragtime” and “Carousel,” and two dramas, Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and Terrence McNally’s  “Master Class.”

Swenson starred as one of the drag queens trekking through the Australian outback in the 2011 Broadway musical adaptation of  “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” which ran for more than a year before closing in June. He also played the caddish rock star, Stacee Jaxx, in the off-Broadway staging of “Rock of Ages” that preceded its hit Broadway run.

McDonald has a daughter from her previous marriage to musician Peter Donovan; Swenson has two sons from his previous marriage.


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