Jerry Orbach may be widely known today as a gruff and grizzled police detective on TV's "Law and Order," but theatregoers know his song-and dance work on Broadway and off, in such works as The Fantasticks, Carnival, Promises, Promises, The Threepenny Opera and 42nd Street. Decca Broadway has released "Jerry Orbach: Off Broadway," a bit of arcana from the label's vaults. The 1963 recording is available on CD for the first time, and is part of a new Decca series, "Stars on Decca Broadway," drawing on a stash of long out-of-print albums. The Orbach recording has been out of print for 30 years, and has been remastered.
Norman Paris arranged and conducted the album, which includes "In a Little While," "What Can It Be?," "I Could Be Happy With You," "There's a Small Hotel," "Laddie," "King of the World," "Portofino," "Try to Remember," "I'm Going to Find a Girl," "Lazy Afternoon," "Once in a Blue Moon," "Mack the Knife."
The Orbach disc includes art and original liner notes.
-- By Kenneth Jones