Nominee Reactions: Audra McDonald - 'Fiance Will Swenson Said Yes to Being My Tony Date!'
The 2012 Tony Awards Nominations were announced this morning by Tony winning actress Kristin Chenoweth and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Jim Parsons. The Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from the Beacon Theatre, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 10, 2012.
In 1999, McDonald performed as Marie Christine L'Adrese in Michael John LaChiusa's Marie Christine, a retelling of Medea set in New Orleans. She received a Tony nomination for this role. In 2001, McDonald portrayed Deena Jones in the 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert for the Actor's Fund of Dreamgirls alongside Lillias White and Heather Headley. The following year, McDonald switched roles in the Carousel in Concert production, portraying Julie Jordan alongside Hugh Jackman as Billy Bigalow. 2003 saw McDonald's return to full-scale productions on Broadway as she portrayed Lady Percy in the Lincoln Center production of Henry IV. She received her fourth Tony award for her performance as Ruth Younger in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. McDonald has also performed in various regional festivals, recently in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of R Shomon in 2004, and the Ravinia Festival production of Sunday in the Park with George in 2004 and Passion in 2003.
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