The World's Longest-running Musical, Off-broadway Show The Fantasticks, Is To Close After 51 Years.
The curtain is to come down on the classic production on 3 May (15) after more than five decades on stage in New York City.
The Fantasticks holds a world record for its stint at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Manhattan, where it played for 42 years after its premiere in 1960. It later moved to the Jerry Orbach Theater, named after the late Law & Order actor who was part of the original cast.
Other stars have appeared in the show over the years including Liza Minnelli, Glenn Close, Kristin Chenoweth and Aaron Carter.
Some analysts have suggested that a principal reason for the recent fall-off in DVD sales is that many consumers have already filled their shelves with product and that they simply have no room left for more. If that is the case, then Universal Home Video may be bucking the odds bigtime with its planned release of a DVD box set comprising all 20 seasons of the NBC crime drama Law & Order . It will contain 456 episodes on 109 discs, making it the biggest DVD box set ever to hit the market -- one has to wonder whether retailers will be able to find room on their shelves for it -- and will be priced at $700. Still, it wasn't all that long ago that the series was racking up huge ratings with 15-20 million viewers tuning in every week. Executives of Universal Home Video must have concluded that if only a few thousand of those viewers plunked down $700 for a set, it will become a huge success. Law & Order The Complete Series will also include deleted and extended scenes, interviews, tours of the sets, a preview of an interactive L&O game, a tribute to the late Jerry Orbach, who starred in the series for 12 seasons, and other featurettes.
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LATEST: The first wife of late actor Jerry Orbach has rushed to the defence of her son after he lashed out at his father's widow over claims she cut him out of a multi-million dollar inheritance.
The actor's 39-year-old son, Chris Orbach, launched an attack against his stepmother Elaine Cancilla-Orbach on Monday (11Aug08).
In a scathing letter, which was made public, he accuses her of manipulating his father into cutting his children out of his $10 million (GBP5 million) estate - which will be held in a trust until her death.
Cancilla-Orbach refuted the claims telling the New York Post "I don't hate Chris but I don't understand why he's doing this. Everything he says is untrue."
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The son of late actor Jerry Orbach has lashed out at his father's widow after claiming she cut him and his brother out of a $10 million (GBP5million) inheritance.
Orbach died after succumbing to prostate cancer in 2004 at the age of 69, leaving behind two sons and his second wife, Elaine Cancilla.
And his 39-year-old son, Chris, has accused his stepmother of manipulating the former Law + Order star into cutting his children out of his will.
According to the New York Post, Orbach writes in a letter to Cancilla, all that was left to him were "two sweaters, a pool cue, a few CDs and a pocketknife from the estate of one of television's best-known faces - a man who happened, incidentally, to be my father."
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Beloved Broadway and LAW + ORDER star Jerry Orbach is set to receive a top New York honour - his own street.
The actor will be remembered at the intersection of 53rd Street and Eighth Avenue, which will be renamed in his honour.
The Midtown street corner tribute has been something Orbach's wife ELAINE has been fighting for since her husband's death in December, 2004.
Orbach starred in a number of hit Broadway shows, like Chicago and 42ND STREET.
Beloved LAW + ORDER star Jerry Orbach has helped save two New York girls' sight from beyond the grave.
The Dirty Dancing star's wife ELAINE donated Orbach's perfect corneas to the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration - as per her husband's wishes - after he died in 2004.
Experts there used the corneas to correct the sight of two girls who were slowly going blind.
Orbach's widow says she knew donating the actor's corneas was a good idea - because he always had perfect vision.
She says, "He never wore glasses. He could practically read in the dark. He had this wonderful vision he was so proud of."
That's pretty much the story, with rising star Robert De Niro strangely inserted into the movie to take advantage of his upcoming celebrity (he's a bicycle racer that falls for the gang leader's (Jerry Orbach) kid sister (Leigh Taylor-Young, completely lost here). The bulk of the film has Orbach and co. scheming endlessly to off Stander's Baccala, and over and over it fails to amuse us, even when a live lion is thrown into the mix. That's the film. If it weren't for Villechaize, there'd be nary a laugh in the whole movie, and even that kind of comedy is hardly highbrow.
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