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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

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Experience on disc the performance that won Audra McDonald her unprecedented sixth Tony Award. 'One of the greatest performances I ever hope to see' is how New York Magazine described McDonald's portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Lanie Robertson's award-winning play with music dramatizing one of the final concerts in the beloved singer's extraordinary, tragic life. Recorded live at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre, the two-disc set features McDonald's 'spellbinding, tour-de-force' (NY Daily News) renditions of signature Holiday songs such as 'God Bless the Child,' 'What a Little Moonlight Can Do,' 'Strange Fruit' and 'Taint Nobody's Biz-ness.' The Associated Press proclaimed Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill 'one of the supreme honors of the Broadway season,' while The New York Times delighted in 'the pleasure of hearing Ms. McDonald breathe aching life into some of Holiday's greatest songs... with sensitive musicianship and rich seams of feeling that command rapt admiration.' Now, 'the best 90 minutes you'll ever witness' (NY1) have been preserved on disc by PS Classics, giving audiences the chance to savor 'not just one but two of the most extraordinarily gifted dramatic vocalists America has produced' (Los Angeles Times).


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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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  2. I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. When a Woman Loves a Man 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. "I'm Even Glad to Be Back in Philly..." 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. "I Want to Introduce My Accompanist..."0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. What a Little Moonlight Can Do 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. "We Got This Contract..." 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Crazy He Calls Me 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. "They Used to Be Hangin' from the Rafters..." 7:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer) 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. "That Was in the Early Thirties..." 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Baby Doll 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. "I Better Watch Myself Here..." 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. God Bless the Child 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. "That Was for My Mama..."0:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. "Nobody but Me Ever Liked Sonny..." 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Foolin' myself / Somebody's on My Mind 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Easy Living 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
19. "I Was Singin' with Artie's Band..." 7:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Strange Fruit 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
21. "It's Bad Again, Jimmy..." 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Blues Break 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
23. "Now I'll Take a Little Break Right Here..."0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
24. 'Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
25. "I Want You All to Meet Pepi..." 7:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
26. "I Was Doin' the Bad Drugs Heavy..." 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
27. Don't Explain / What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Reprise) 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
28. Deep Song 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • ASIN: B00KO76FSA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By dmusic10 on July 15, 2014
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A must for anyone who loves the theater, or wants to experience Billie Holiday on record. Audra Mcdonald gives a flawless performance as Lady Day. I had the privilege of seeing her performance on Broadway, and this CD just brings back such wonderful memories, and one of the best afternoons of my life. Don't think about it, just get this CD now, you will not be disappointed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Altizer on July 19, 2014
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While having Audra's versions of these songs on CD is a treat indeed, this is a work that would have been better preserved on Blu-ray. I don't imagine sitting down to listen to the 2 CD's repeatedly because of all of the dialogue. That said, Audra's interpretation of the songs of Billie Holliday is astonishing as she channels the late Holliday in a manner that verges on eerie. A breathtaking theatrical experience that loses something without the sight of Ms. McDonald's virtual transformation.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carlos on July 15, 2014
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A performance of a lifetime. Awsome, funny, terrible. McDonald is genious. The sound spectacular. I saw the show two times. A privilege.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J Bellington on July 21, 2014
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I have regularly attended Broadway shows for more than forty years. THIS is the single best performance I have ever seen. Audra McDonald is a treasure at the height of her acting and singing powers. She channels one of the best jazz singers of all times flawlessly. The only thing that would make this better is to know that the performance has been filmed so that it can be savored forever!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Cadiente on July 20, 2014
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Just received this last week, I listened to it on a short road trip. It was fantastic - Kudos to Audra!! I have lots of Billie Holiday and she has captured the essence of Lady Day. It was entertaining, disturbing, heartbreaking and I fell in love again for this tortured talented soul... Bless you Lady Day!! I believe God has given you that beautiful home, filled with kids where you are able to cook and share your love. The Duchess is happy to have you home.....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Goldberg on July 28, 2014
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A quality recording of a dynamite performance by the incomparable Audra McDonald. It may take a little getting used to when she first begins as she captures Billie Holiday in speech and song. Therefore, she sounds nothing like the Audra McDonald you may have come to know and love. While I did not see Lady Day, I felt as though I was in the audience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Weiner on August 1, 2014
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This is less a "songs from the show" CD so much as a soundtrack of the entire show. Now if only it were the DVD!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Hiltsley on July 25, 2014
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Just the Best! I received this cd yesterday from Amazon and have not listened to it yet, but I don't need to to tell you how fabulous this show and cd are. I saw the show mid-June one Saturday night and was mesmerized by Audra's performance. I hadn't heard of this show until I saw her one night a few month's ago on Colbert's TV show doing a number from Lady Day. While I live now in South Florida, I thought I've got to go back to Manhattan (where I lived for 20 years) and definitely get tickets to see this. Boy, am I glad I did and you will be too if you can manage it. If not, you can live the show through this cd. PLEASE, if anyone reads this who has ANY say over recording this for DVD, PLEASE do so. This kind of performance should be preserved for posterity. I would think this would be right down HBO or PBS's alley. Thank you so much, Ms. McDonald, for providing theatergoers an electrifying night at the theater!
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