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My View: The Trapp Family Made Music In These Hills But Mr. Finn Had Finkel & Sons

My View: The Trapp Family Made Music In These Hills But Mr. Finn Had Finkel & Sons

Ninety Three year old Fyvush Finkel proudly announced to the audience at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, “I have already lived half my life”! The overflow crowd in the cabaret located in Barrington Stage’s Blatt Performing Arts Center cheered. After a spectacular musical display of virtuoso xylophone and piano playing by Mr. Finkel’s sons Ian & Elliot and acting, singing, story telling by Fyvushe, the Berkshire crowd was wishing that first announcement was true. These are the kind of performances that stay with an audience forever. I’m sure cell phone conversations and photos are traveling around Pittsfield and the internet this morning from folks commenting how fortunate they were to be present at William Finn’s Cabaret last night. One of Fyvush’s stories was about the first time he met his future father-in-law who told him…..”Fyvush, no daughter of mine is going to marry an actor”! Dismayed Mr. Finkel invited the irate father to one of his performances. Fyvush sang and acted his heart out, gave it his all, and after the performance his sweetheart’s father rushed back stage, hugged Fyvush and said…..”Fyvush, I give you permission to marry my daughter, you ain’t no actor”! One of the best entertainment experiences one can have is being at a Finkel family performance and Fyvush,…. not to worry…..you are SOME actor! The excellent musicians in the FInkel band were Robert Kershaw. guitar, Ed Sterbenz, bass, Tony Tedesco, drums, Ian Finkel,xylophone, and Elliot Finkel piano.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this event go to Broadwayworld.com)

Fyvush Finkel

Fyvush Finkel

William Finn & Fyvush FInkel

William Finn & Fyvush FInkel

Ian Finkel

Ian Finkel

Elliot Finkel

Elliot Finkel

Fyvush Finkel, Stephen Sorokoff, William Finn

Fyvush Finkel, Stephen Sorokoff, William Finn

Eda Sorokoff & Fyvush Finkel

Eda Sorokoff & Fyvush Finkel

Mr. Finn's Cabaret, Barrington Stage Company

Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Barrington Stage Company

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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 also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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