Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill cast recording tops four Billboard charts

Billboard logoPS Classics’ original Broadway cast recording of Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill has topped four Billboard charts in its first week of release, reaching #1 in Cast Albums, #1 in Jazz, #1 in Traditional Jazz, and #1 in Heatseekers. The album has already attracted a slew of rave reviews from the press. The New York Times wrote, “Onstage and in this two-disc cast album, Ms. McDonald ‘becomes’ Billie Holiday. Her performance transcends impersonation to become an indelible rite of spiritual communion between two great artists.” Entertainment Weekly agreed, stating, “It’s the performance everyone’s been talking about: six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald’s latest star turn. It’s a fully transportative experience for the audience, whose reactions help create the illusion carried by McDonald’s performance. The two-disc set offers an immersive translation of the show, a feat not reflected in several of this season’s recent cast albums.” Recorded live at the Circle in the Square Theatre during performances in late May, the album was produced by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker and staff engineer Bart Migal. The album is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.