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Rulings over 'Lady Day', 'Hedwig', and more may change Tony Awards race

Four days before the Tony Awards nominations are announced, an administrative panel has made some decisions that will have a powerful effect on who walks away with trophies.

The panel ruled Friday that Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, in which Audra McDonald performs about a dozen Billie Holiday songs while also telling stories, isn’t a musical and can only be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.

That puts the 90-minute show, which has just a 27-page script and stars only McDonald, a three-piece band and a dog, in the ill-fitting position of potentially competing with bigger, longer play revivals like The Glass Menagerie, Waiting for Godot, Of Mice and Men, and Macbeth. READ FULL STORY

Broadway couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson get married

Tony-award winner and former Private Practice star Audra McDonald married fellow Broadway actor Will Swenson on Saturday night at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, according to People. The couple met in 2007 and got engaged on New Year’s while vacationing in Puerto Rico.

The marriage is the second for both McDonald, 42, and Swenson, 38, who each have children from their previous relationships. The newlyweds told People that they look forward to their new life together as husband and wife and “wee posse of three,” referring to the three children they now share (between the ages of 8 and 11).

After her four-season stint on ABC’s medical drama Private Practice, McDonald most recently starred in a well-received revival of Porgy and Bess on Broadway. The show ended a 322-show run in September, and earned McDonald her fifth Tony.

Swenson most recently appeared in the Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. His next stage show — the rock musical Murder Ballad — is slated to open on Nov. 15.

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