Fyvush Finkel got his start in the Yiddish theatre and won an Obie Award for his 1988 Broadway work in Cafe Crown, but didn't attain true celebrity until he played a lawyer on TV. As Douglas Wambaugh on CBS' "Picket Fences," Finkel won two Emmy Awards and became a household name for his bulbous nose, outsized personality and warmly conveyed Jewish gestures. Back in 1991, Off-Broadway theatregoers were lucky enough to catch Finkel at the John Houseman basement space in his revue, Finkel's Follies, comprising songs and sketches of the Yiddish theatre era. Now Finkel returns, briefly, this time to the Houseman mainstage with, Fyvush Finkel - From Second Avenue To Broadway.
Running Dec. 21 to Jan. 5, the show will begin with comedy and musical moments from the heyday of the Yiddish theatre (where Finkel, son of a Brooklyn tailor, got his start at age 9). Act II will have the performer telling stories of his years on Broadway and singing show tunes from Fiddler On The Roof (he toured in that one), Gigi and others.
Joining FF in the show will be his son, Ian Finkel, and the Finkel Orchestra. For tickets ($40) and information on Fyvush Finkel, call (212) 239-6200.
-- By David Lefkowitz