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Today, we got a first look at Audra McDonald’s adorable little baby bump in the Shuffle Along cast welcome video to The Color Purple’s new Shug Avery, Heather Headley! In the video, posted to Shuffle Along cast member Christian Dante White’s Instagram, Audra can be seen at the end welcoming Heather to 45th st., joking about their history together and giving a peek at her expecting belly as she promises to catch Headley in The Color Purple on her maternity leave!

HAPPY FIRST TWO SHOW DAY TO @heatherheadley from @shufflealongbroadway

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Yesterday, she hit us with the very exciting announcement that her and husband, Will Swenson, are expecting a little bundle of joy!

McDonald, who was originally set to take a brief break from the hit Broadway musical Shuffle Along Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed to perform her Tony award winning Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill in London’s West End, has not yet announced her updated show schedules since the news of her pregnancy broke. We can hardly contain ourselves here at Broadway Black as we await the birth of Broadway royalty! And we wish Queen Audra a happy and healthy pregnancy filled with pizza and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups!!!

UPDATE: Heather Headley responds to the warm welcomes from the cast of Shuffle Along and also has some words in return to Audra! It is a magical moment we know you’ll want to hear!

To the cast of @shufflealongbroadway. You’re way too sweet. Thank you.

A video posted by Heather Headley (@heatherheadley) on

And to our #ladyday herself….@audramcdonald

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