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My View: Abi Tsu Zein Mit Dir – As Long As I’m With You

My View: Abi Tsu Zein Mit Dir – As Long As I’m With You

It was on 22nd Street not 2nd Avenue( Yiddish Theatre) where friends gathered to remember the legendary actor and entertainer Fyvush Finkel last night. Ian Finkel, the World’s Greatest Xylophonist and Elliot Finkel, concert pianist extraordinaire offered a first-hand account of the incredible career of their father Fyvush Finkel in a touching memorial at the Metropolitan Room. Fyvush had been performing in English and Yiddish roles for nine decades before his passing this summer.  His last engagement was at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret , and he had invited the cheering Berkshire audience at the end of the show to come to his  94th birthday celebration on Oct 9th at the Metropolitan Room.  The evening instead was a celebration of his life on stage with the performances by family and friends performing his songs, stories, and jokes.  To quote one of Fyvush’s  opening jokes,  he would often start his act by saying, “I’m celebrating my 94th birthday today!”  after the applause died down he would then look around and   continue….”but I realize looking at this audience, it’s no big deal!”

Fyvush was a big deal, having played the numerous Jewish theaters on Second Avenue and when he was 43 touring in Fiddler on the Roof playing the Innkeeper, the Butcher and eventually Tevye.  His other theatre credits included Cafe Crown (Obie Award) and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as Follies and From Second Avenue to Broadway. The latter two shows also featured Finkel’s sons, Ian and Elliot. Recently, Fyvush Finked Live! was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.  The actor won an Emmy Award for his role as Douglas Wambaugh on Picket Fences and has also been seen on screen in Boston Public, Nixon, For Love or Money, Mobsters, Seize the Day, O&A, Fantasy Island, Early Edition, One Life To Live, Evergree, Prime of your Life, Harry’s Law, Blue Bloods, A Serious Man, and The Simpsons. At the time of his passing Fyvush was still excited about the many “engagements” (as he always referred to them) he had on the books. 

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of all the performers in this show go to Broadwayworld.com)

Fyvush FInkel performing at his last engagement at Barrington Stage Co.

Fyvush Finkel performing at his last engagement at Barrington Stage Co.

Elliot & Ian Finkel

Elliot & Ian Finkel

Elliot Finkel

Elliot Finkel

Ian Finkel

Ian Finkel

Elliot Finkel

Elliot Finkel

Ian Finkel

Ian Finkel

Joanne & Bernie Furshpan

Joanne & Bernie Furshpan

Jamie deRoy, Eda Sorokoff, Catherine Adler

Jamie deRoy, Eda Sorokoff, Catherine Adler

Elliot Finkel, Bob Greenberg, MC, Ian Finkel

Elliot Finkel, Bob Greenberg, MC, Ian Finkel

Remembering Fyvush Finkel

Remembering Fyvush Finkel

Fyvush Finkel

Fyvush Finkel

(For complete photos of this show go to Broadwayworld.com)

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email: stephensorokoff@gmail.com

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