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Music: Jerry Orbach-Off Broadway

Early stocking stuffer for ophelianoiepas and everybody else on my F-list.

1 In a Little While [From Once Upon a Mattress]
2 What Can It Be [From All in Love]
3 I Could Be Happy With You [From the Boy Friend]
4 There's a Small Hotel [From On Your Toes]
5 Laddie [From Ben Bagley's Shoestring Revue]
6 King of the World [From King of the Whole Damn World]
7 Portofino [From Dressed to the Nines]
8 Try to Remember [From the Fantasticks]

9 I'm Going to Find a Girl [From Leave It to Jane]
10 Lazy Afternoon [From the Golden Apple]
11 Once in a Blue Moon [From Little Mary Sunshine]
12 Mack the Knife [From "The Three Penny Opera"]

Jerry Orbach
Off Broadway
Release Date: 2000 07 25
Label: Decca

26-year-old Jerry Orbach had recently made the leap from off-Broadway to Broadway stardom when he recorded his first (and, as it turned out, his only) solo album in three days in July 1962. But he was intent on looking back at the earlier stage of his career and illuminating a somewhat forgotten part of musical theater by filling the album with songs that originated in off-Broadway shows. Several were from shows that actually had turned up on Broadway or would later: "In a Little While" from +Once Upon a Mattress, "I Could Be Happy With You" from +The Boyfriend, "There's a Small Hotel" from +On Your Toes, "I'm Going to Find a Girl" from +Leave It to Jane, and "Mack the Knife" from +The Threepenny Opera. But most of them were not well-known, despite being effective stage pieces. Working with arranger/conductor Norman Paris, Orbach demonstrated a flexible, enthusiastic low tenor that worked as well on up-tempo comic numbers like "Portofino" (which appeared in a number of the revues at Upstairs at the Downstairs in the late 1950s) as it did on wistful ballads like "Try to Remember," the song that had put him on the map when he introduced it in the off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks. The album is both a demonstration of the wealth of strong material being written beyond Broadway in the '50s and early '60s and a convincing display of Orbach's talents as a singer.

(After decades out of print, Off Broadway was reissued on CD on July 25, 2000.) William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

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