Not a review, not an incentive to rush and see him, but just a commentary on an extraordinary event. Presented by Barrington Stage Company at their club room, Mr. Finn's Cabaret, an amazingly agile, if fragile, star of the stage, television and film, Fyvush Finkel and his two sons Elliot and Ian presented a one-of-a-kind evening of song, story and pure music. Elliot at the piano and Ian at the xylophone set the stage for their father's show with a quartet of musical numbers including a massive George Gershwin set, a devastating combination of the Yiddish folk song "Roumania, Roumania" and the Rumanian Rhapsody of Georges Enesco and a rendition of Perez Prado's classic "Mambo Jambo," which took thirteen and a half minutes to play.
Once joined on the stage by their father the amazing musicians took a back seat while grandly supporting him in a collection of musical selections that included a most moving rendition of Maurice Chevalier's classic "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore", two songs from "Fiddler on the Roof," a show Finkel was connected with for more than a dozen years, and some classic Yiddish vaudeville schtick never before heard by most of his audience.
The most beloved jowls since S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakal, from his many appearances on "Picket Fences" and other shows where his bizarre characterizations become instantly beloved, shook beautifully as he told his tales and sang his songs. You can't see this anymore. He was here for two nights only. Packed houses adored him. Memories were forged through the gentleness and honesty of his work. The night sky over Linden Street has been set alight by this man's radiance. You would have loved it. I did.