are expecting their first baby, their rep exclusively confirms to Usmagazine.com. The baby is due later this year.
The "Private Practice" star, 38, and the Tony award-winning actress, 37, first met on the original 1996 Broadway production of "Rent." After seven years of dating, they got married in January 2003.
Menzel hinted to
last January that once she finished promoting her third solo album, "I Stand," she would consider starting a family with Diggs.
"It's definitely in the plans," she told Us. "I'll settle down and start popping out some babies."
She said Diggs has been ready for kids since "the day I met him."
"He wouldn't talk about marriage, but he'd talk about me having his children," she told