NEW YORK (AP) - Audra McDonald will soon be stepping away from her new Broadway show for the best of reasons: The six-time Tony Award-winner is pregnant.

NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald will soon be stepping away from her new Broadway show for the best of reasons: The six-time Tony Award-winner is pregnant.

McDonald on Tuesday announced that she is expecting and will take maternity leave from "Shuffle Along" beginning July 24. She will return to the Tony Award-nominated musical this winter. McDonald also had to postpone taking her "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" to London.

Audra and her husband, actor Will Swenson, married in 2012. She has a daughter and he is father to two sons from previous marriages.

"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," McDonald said.

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