Lady Day at Emersonís Bar & Grill | PS Classics PS1423

Lady Day at Emersonís Bar & Grill

Label: PS Classics

Cat No: PS1423

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st July 2014



Audra McDonald (vocals)


Audra McDonald (vocals)


Original Broadway Cast Recording

"One of the greatest performances I ever hope to see" is how New York Magazine described five-time Tony Award-winner Audra 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 savour "not just one but two of the most extraordinarily gifted dramatic vocalists America has produced" (Los Angeles Times).

Track Listing:
CD 1

1. Introduction
2. I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
3. When a Woman Loves a Man
4. "Iím even glad to be back in Philly..."
5. "I want to introduce my accompanist..."
6. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
7. "We got this contract..."
8. Crazy He Calls Me
9. "They used to be hanginí from the rafters..."
10. Gimme a Pigfoot (and a Bottle of Beer)
11. "That was in the early thirties..."
12. Baby Doll
13. "I better watch myself here..."
14. God Bless the Child
15. "That was for my mama..."

CD 2
1. "Nobody but me ever liked Sonny..."
2. Fooliní Myself/Somebodyís on My Mind
3. Easy Living
4. "I was singiní with Artieís band..."
5. Strange Fruit
6. "Itís bad again, Jimmy..."
7. Blues Break
8. "Now Iíll take a little break right here..."
9. 'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do
10. "I want you all to meet Pepi..."
11. "I was doiní the bad drugs heavy..."
12. Donít Explain / What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Reprise)
13. Deep Song

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