Jul 25, 2014
By Scott Walker
Audra McDonald’s star-turn as Billie Holiday is putting the Broadway performer into new territory.
The live album of McDonald’s solo performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill has topped four of Billboard’s Album Charts in its first week of release. It is #1 in Cast Albums, Jazz, Traditional Jazz, and Heatseekers. Heatseekers refers to artists making a splash on the charts for the first time.
Although McDonald has recorded several albums in the past, this is the first time she has topped the Billboard charts.
The 2-disc live CD was recorded in late May. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is scheduled to close September 21st.