Fyvush Finkel Honored By Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre On Sunday October 30
The venerable Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Emmy-winning actor Fyvush Finkel at a gala benefit on Sunday, October 30 at NYU's Kimmel Center Rosenthal Pavilion, 60 Washington Square South. Mr. Finkel will also entertain during the evening which includes a dinner dance and benefits the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, the country's sole surviving professional Yiddish theatre which just began its 91st consecutive season.Brooklyn-born Fyvush Finkel began his acting career over 50 years ago in the Yiddish theatre on Second Avenue in NYC. At age 43 he moved into mainstream American theatre when he joined the national company of Jerome Robbins' Broadway hit "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF," touring the US and Canada playing multiple roles, including Tevye, over a remarkable 12-year period. He starred in the Off-Broadway hit "LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS" for five years, earned an OBIE in "CAFE CROWN" and introduced his talented musical progeny (sons Ian and Elliot, and grandson Abbot) to NY theatergoers in two musical revues -- "FINKEL'S FOLLIES" and "FROM SECOND AVENUE TO BROADWAY." He is best-known for his starring roles in two popular TV series: playing Douglas Wambaugh in "PICKET FENCES" for which he won the Best Supporting Actor EMMY, and as Harvey Lipschultz on "BOSTON PUBLIC." Fyvush recently celebrated his 83rd birthday with the release of a new solo CD called, appropriately, "It's Never Too Late," (Original Cast Records). Claire Barry, of the famed The Barry Sisters, will also be honored during the evening. Tickets at $180 per person include cocktails at 6 PM, followed by the dinner with show and dancing beginning at 7 PM. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (212) 213-2120.