The PS Classics cast album of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, which was released May 22, nabbed the #1 slot on the Billboard Top Cast Album chart in its first week of release.
The lavish, two-disc album captures the revised production of the classic opera that has music by George Gershwin, lyrics by his brother Ira and a book and additional lyrics by DuBose Heyward. It is based on the play Porgy, by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward.
The album sold over 3,200 units in the first week, making it #13 in Billboard's Top Internet Albums, and also found itself on Billboard's Top 200 at #141.
Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Sondheim on Sondheim, Side Show, Les Miserables) stars as the crippled beggar Porgy opposite four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, Marie Christine, Master Class) as Bess.
In addition, PS Classics' Philip Chaffin stated that the studio album of the rarely-heard George Gershwin-B.G. DeSylva musical Sweet Little Devil, which was also released May 22, placed #8 on Billboard's Top Cast Album chart.