Broadway theaters dimmed their lights Wednesday night to honor song-and-dance man-turned-Law & Order star Jerry Orbach, who died Tuesday of prostate cancer. "He was an anchor who brought style, security and razzle-dazzle to our original Chicago company," said Chita Rivera, Orbach's costar in the 1975 production. "He was a swell guy." Orbach's long-time Law & Order co-star, S. Epatha Merkerson, remembered him as a "real good guy" who "had a real lust for life and the work he did, and it permeated throughout the set." NBC, meanwhile, says production of Law & Order: Trial by Jury, the franchise's latest spin-off, will proceed despite Orbach's passing. "The producers are deeply saddened," a spokesperson for the show says. "While Jerry is irreplaceable, Trial by Jury is an ensemble and will continue in production. A new member will join the company. Announcements will be forthcoming." Six episodes of Jury have already been shot; at least three of them will feature Orbach's Detective Lennie Briscoe character. The show, which also stars Bebe Neuwirth and Amy Carlson, is slated to debut in March.
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