December 26, 8:00 PM
About this Event
A Tribute to Emmy Award-winning actor Fyvush Finkel who passed away in 2016. His legacy lives on. In the original production of Finkel’s Follies, audiences were introduced to his incredible career spanning English and Yiddish roles, from Second Avenue to modern-day television stardom. In this musical celebration of his life on stage, in Yiddish and English, we celebrate the songs, stories and jokes of Fyvush Finkel’s illustrious and timeless mastery of show business. From his early Yiddish theatre vignettes to his starring roles on Broadway, film and television, very few performers have been as beloved as Fyvush Finkel. Born in Brooklyn, and inducted into the Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame in 2015, Finkel began his career in the Yiddish theatre as a teenager. After a long stint touring in “Fiddler on the Roof,” directed by Jerome Robbins, he starred in the Off- Broadway hit “Little Shop of Horrors” for five years, earned an OBIE award in “Café Crown” (which moved to Broadway), and teamed up with his sons Ian and Elliot, and grandson Abbot in two musical revues — Finkel’s Follies and “From Second Avenue to Broadway.” A beloved television star, Finkel earned an Emmy Award in 1994 for Picket Fences and he starred in the acclaimed series Boston Public, which ran from 2000 to 2004. His most recent appearance Off-Broadway was in “New Jerusalem” by David Ives. In this musical tribute, in association with his estate, we recreate excerpts the original Finkel’s Follies in order to introduce Fyvush Finkel’s life story to a new generation.
With music by Elliot Finkel
Lyrics by Phillip Namanworth
With members of the original Cast of Finkel’s Follies