The Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene will present Fyvush Finkel Live! for three weeks beginning Oct. 17 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Opening night is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 7 PM; performances will continue through Nov. 7.
Finkel will be joined onstage by his sons, Ian Finkel and Elliot Finkel.
In Fyvush Finkel Live!, according to press notes, “Fyvush Finkel offers a first-hand account of an incredible career spanning English and Yiddish roles, from Second Avenue to modern-day television stardom. A musical celebration of a life on stage, Fyvush Finkel Live! is chock-a-block with songs, stories, jokes and ample evidence of Finkel’s undiminished mastery, at 88, of showbusiness razzle dazzle.”
Fyvush Finkel began his career 56 years ago playing the numerous Jewish theatres along Second Avenue. When he was 43 he began touring in Fiddler on the Roof playing the Innkeeper, then the Butcher and eventually Tevye. His other theatre credits include Cafe Crown (Obie Award) and Little Shop of Horrors as well as Finkel's Follies and From Second Avenue to Broadway. The latter two shows also featured Finkel's sons, Ian and Elliot, and his grandson Abbot. 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," "Q&A," "Fantasy Island," "Early Edition," "One Life to Live," "Evergreen," "Prime of Your Life" and "The Simpsons."
The Baruch Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Lexington Avenue. For tickets, which are $55, call (646) 312-5073 or visit www.folksbiene.org.