The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced today that Broadway husband-and-wife royalty -- 6-time Tony Award winner Audra Mc Donald (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill) and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair) -- will host the upcoming 83rd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon.The event includes a nominees cocktail reception, luncheon, and awards presentation, to be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in the Broadway Ballroom (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 19, 2017 beginning at a.m. Swenson join a roster for The Drama League Awards that includes the recently-announced 2017 Drama League Special Award Recipients: Grammy and Emmy Award-winning icon Bette Midler will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; Bill Berloni will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award; and Tony Award-winner Michael Greif will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.Raised in Fresno, California, the Julliard-trained soprano is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in roles on film and television.
In September 2016, President Barack Obama presented Mc Donald with a National Medal of Arts.
At the ceremony, President Obama said Mc Donald was being honored "for lighting up Broadway as one of its brightest stars.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 244-9494 or visiting These honors are in addition to the five competitive categories for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much-coveted Distinguished Performance Award, who winners will be announced during the ceremony.
The nominees for these categories will be announced on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at AM in New York City in a special presentation at Sardi's featuring Tony Award-winners Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago) and Patina Miller (Pippin), and via live stream on Broadway
The newlyweds both have children from previous marriages (Will has two sons and Audra has a daughter) and the couple told the mag they’re excited about their future life as husband, wife and “wee posse of three.” Audra took to Twitter late Saturday night to share her excitement over her wedding, writing, “Well that was just the best day ever.
#Sadie Sadiemarriedlady” Will and Audra met in 2007 and got engaged on New Year’s Day, 2012.
“I've always felt that I am a better actress when I'm singing than I am when I am just speaking. What I am trying to do as an actress is to bring that abandonment that I find in singing, in line with the choices that I make as an actress.
I don't judge myself as much while I'm singing as I do while I'm acting.”“I got cast in 'The Miracle Worker' as a house girl, a sort of Uncle-Tom-type character.
Suffering from a deep depression as well, at one point she attempted suicide and had to be hospitalized.
She eventually recovered and got her big break while in school when she joined the Broadway cast of , playing Carrie Pipperidge.
She is also the award's first grand-slam artist, winning in all individual performance categories.