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Elaine Cancilla

( b. Jan 19, 1940 Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - d. Apr 01, 2009 New York, New York, USA ) Female
Relations: Wife of Jerry Orbach (1979 - 2004), his death

Elaine Cancilla Orbach was the widow of actor Jerry Orbach and a former Broadway dancer.

The two actors met while they were working on the original production of Kander and Ebb's Chicago, where Jerry played lawyer Billy Flynn and Elaine was a replacement for Velma Kelly. They later co-starred in a tour of Neil Simon's Chapter Two and married in 1979.

Prior to that, Elaine Cancilla had appeared in the Broadway productions of Fiorello!, How to Succeed..., Here's Love, Flora, the Red Menace, Sweet Charity and Cry for Us All, working many times with choreographer Bob Fosse.

Since her husband's death, Elaine Orbach fought to have a portion of 53rd Street at Eighth Avenue renamed Jerry Orbach Way. The street was rechristened in 2007.


ProductionsDate of Productions
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Standby: Elaine Cancilla
      Velma Kelly - Replacement (Jun 06, 1977 - ?)
Jun 03, 1975 - Aug 27, 1977
Cry for Us All
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Elaine Cancilla [Fiona Quigley]
  • Understudy: Elaine Cancilla [Bessie Legg]
Apr 08, 1970 - Apr 15, 1970
Sweet Charity
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Elaine Cancilla [Ensemble, Old Maid, Married Couple (woman),
      Nickie - Replacement]
  • Understudy: Elaine Cancilla [Nickie]
Jan 29, 1966 - Jul 15, 1967
Flora, The Red Menace
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Elaine Cancilla [Maggie, Dancer]
  • Understudy: Elaine Cancilla [Comrade Charlotte]
May 11, 1965 - Jul 24, 1965
Here's Love
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Elaine Cancilla [Dancer, Clerk]
Oct 03, 1963 - Jul 25, 1964
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Elaine Cancilla [Dancer]
Oct 14, 1961 - Mar 06, 1965
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Elaine Cancilla [Dancer]
Nov 23, 1959 - Oct 28, 1961
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