Photo Coverage: Orbach Rechristening at Snapple Center

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On June 21st,  the Snapple Theater Center - currently home to the Off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks and to the long-running mystery Perfect Crime - named once of its two stages after the late Broadway legend Jerry Orbach, who created the role of El Gallo in The Fantasticks' original 1960 production.  A rehearsal studio was also named after Orbach's widow Elaine Cancilla-Orbach

A renaming ceremony for the theatre and studio featured the participation of Sam Waterston, Karen Ziemba, Christian Hoff, Bebe Neuwirth, Len Cariou, Judy Kaye, Celeste Holm and others.

Orbach was a beloved Broadway leading man who originated roles in Carnival, Promises, Promises, 42nd Street, and Chicago. He also appeared on Broadway in Threepenny Opera, The Natural Look, the 1966 revival of Annie Get Your Gun, and the 1965 revival of Guys and Dolls, among others. His many other film and TV credits included "Murder, She Wrote," Crimes and Misdemeanors, Last Exit to Brooklyn and Brewster's Millions. Orbach passed away at the age of 69 on December 28th, 2004.  

Visit www.snapple.com/theater for more on the Snapple Theater Center.


Elaine Cancilla-Orbach and Bebe Neuwirth


Judy Kaye, Elaine Cancilla-Orbach, Anita Gillette and Len Cariou


Len Cariou


Elaine Cancilla-Orbach, Tom Jones and Judy Kaye


Judy Kaye and David Green


Anita Gillette, Len Cariou and Jamie deRoy


Catherine Russell and Tamara Tunie


Sam Waterston


Sam Waterston and Tamara Tunie


Elaine Cancilla-Orbach


Sam Waterston, Elaine Cancilla-Orbach and Christian Hoff


Sam Waterston and Christian Hoff 


Valerie Smaldone and Karen Ziemba


Valerie Smaldone and Karen Ziemba


Celeste Holm and Christian Hoff


Celeste Holm and Valerie Smaldone


Catherine Russell and Valerie Smaldone


Sisters: Margaret Russell of Elle Decor Magazine and TV's "Top Design," and Catherine Russell of Perfect Crime


Karen Ziemba


Karen Ziemba


Tom Jones


Bebe Neuwirth


Elaine Cancilla-Orbach

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