BWW Interview: Hollywood Legend Jack Lemmon's Son Chris Lemmon Talks New One-Man-Show
In 2015, Lemmon adapted his 2006 tribute to his father, A Twist of Lemmon, to the stage. The show, which Lemmon has performed all around the United States, follows the relationship between Lemmon and his father as seen through his father's eyes.
Chris Lemmon has created a revealing, funny, and poignant stage play in which he doesn't just portray his famous acting father, he "becomes" him. Chris Lemmon's portrayal goes far beyond his father's familiar mannerisms: the fast-paced speech, the stutter, the laugh, and the quirky gestures. At the outset, Lemmon introduces himself, but quickly and seamlessly transforms himself into his father while playing an on-stage piano. Jack Lemmon was a skilled, self-taught piano player who played strictly by ear. Chris is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts with degrees in classical piano and composition as well as one in the theatrical arts. Using the piano as a conduit, Chris moves through highlights of his father's life, all in his voice, from his early years as the son of an Irish-German family growing up during the Depression through his days on early television, and finally, becoming a star in films.
After seeing Chris's show, I can honestly say this is one of the best one-man-show's I've seen in a long time. After debuting an early version of the show titled Jack Lemmon Returns with Hershey Felder at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, Lemmon returns with a revamped 2-act version titled Twist of Lemmon: The Jack Lemmon Story.
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