Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fidler Afn Dakh

Fyvush Finkel and Theodore Bikel. While most people today know Finkel for his work in Picket Fences and Boston Public, he is first and foremost the last living legend of the Yiddish theater. Theodore Bikel, a Viennese folk singer and sometime film star (Zoltan Kaparthy in My Fair Lady), has been the greatest champion of reviving Yiddish language and music in folk traditions for over fifty years. He has also performed the role of Tevye more times onstage than anyone - including either Zero Mostel or Topol. Both are now in their mid 80's, and last year they did the tavern scene in which Tevye barters for Tzeitel at the historic National Yiddish Theater in New York for the Folksbeine Gala.

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