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Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room

Ian Finkel, the World's Greatest Xylophonist and Elliot Finkel, concert pianist extraordinaire offered a first-hand account of the incredible career of their father Fyvush Finkel last night in a touching memorial at the Metropolitan Room. Fyvush had been performing in English and Yiddish roles for nine decades before his passing this summer. His last engagement was at Mr. Finn's Cabaret in the Berkshires, and he had invited the cheering audience at the end of the show to come to his 94th birthday celebration on Oct 9th at the Metropolitan Room. The evening instead was celebration of his life on stage with the performances by family and friends performing his songs, stories, and jokes. To quote one of Fyvush's jokes, if he were present he would have opened the evening by saying, "I'm celebrating my 94th birthday today!" after the applause died down he would then look around and continue...."but I realize looking at this audience, it's no big deal!"

Fyvush was a big deal, having played the numerous Jewish theaters on Second Avenue and when he was 43 touring in Fiddler on the Roof playing the Innkeeper, the Butcher and eventually Tevye. His other theatre credits include Cafe Crown (Obie Award) and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as Follies and From Second Avenue to Broadway. The latter two shows also featured Finkel's sons, Ian and Elliot. Recently, Fyvush Finked Live! was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. 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, O&A, Fantasy Island, Early Edition, One Life To Live, Evergree, Prime of your Life, Harry's Law, Blue Bloods, A Serious Man, and The Simpsons. At the time of his passing Fyvush was still excited about the many "engagements" (as he always referred to them) on the books.

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Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Fyvush Finkel, At His Last Engagement Barrington Stage Company

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
As Long As I'm With You

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Elliot & Ian Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Bernie Furshpan, Metropolitan Room

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Elliot Finkel, Bob Greenberg, MC, Ian Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Elliot Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Ian Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Ian Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Elliot Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Bob Greenberg, MC

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Ian Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Spats White

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Michael Goldsmith

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Pamala Blake

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Pamala Blake

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Lando Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Lando Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Philip Namenworth

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Lewis J. Stadlen

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Cheryl Ann Allen

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Pamala Blake

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Bob Greenberg

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Cheryl Ann Allen

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Elliot Finkel & Catherine Adler

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Joanne Furshpan & Bernie Furshpan

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Jamie deRoy Eda Sorokoff, Catherine Adler

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Elli King Of Broadway

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Elliot Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Elliot Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Remembering Fyvush Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
Remembering Fyvush Finkel

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
William Finn & Fyvush Finkel, last engagement at Barrington Stage Co.

Photos: Remembering Fyvush Finkel at the Metropolitan Room
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