If you still cling to the Off-Broadway cast album, like I have for many years, you may still associate "Try to Remember" with its singer - Bronx-born Jerry Orbach (1935-2004). This was long before we knew him as NYPD Detective Brisco of the Law & Order television series. Orbach had a beautiful mellow quality to his voice, telling us in this song that experience ends our innocence - the fire of September - but gives our hearts a necessary depth. He played the musical's narrator, El Gallo, and it was Orbach's first big hit in a distinguished career in show business.
A revival of The Fantastiks is currently playing in The Jerry Orbach Theater of The Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th St. For more information, visit the website www.fantasticksonbroadway.com
Deep into September, let's now consider three walks, selected from previous posts, appropriate for the month.
• Feast of San Gennaro
While famous for its abundant opportunities to overindulge in food and drink, Little Italy's Feast of San Gennaro is at heart a religious festival, a celebration of the Patron Saint of Naples. On September 19, 1926, immigrants from Naples who lived along Mulberry Street decided to maintain their homeland tradition of honoring San Gennaro on his saint's day. Over the years, the feast has expanded in duration from one day to several days with multiple events and, of course, many chances for feasting. (Read more)
• Brooklyn Book Festival
September 23, 2012
Prepare for Brooklyn's annual book festival by exploring the homes of famous writers in Brooklyn Heights. See the festival details here.
• Mapping Holly Golightly
Read more to explore the fictional and real places in the novella.)
Let's go out now with Jerry Orbach singing "Try to Remember." This televised performance dates from 1982, twenty-two years after the The Fantasticks premiered Off-Broadway and ten years before he joined the cast of Law & Order.
Photos by Walking Off the Big Apple.