Jack Lemmon with a twist in son’s one man show at St James Theatre

Jack Lemmon with his son Chris.
Jack Lemmon with his son Chris.

Comic and Hollywood legend Jack Lemmon is set to return to the stage in a special show hosted by his son. Twist of Lemmon, fronted by Chris, comes to St James Theatre this June.

US actor and composer, Chris Lemmon, is to première his autobiographical play, Twist of Lemmon, celebrating the loves, times, trials and tribulations of the multiple nominee and Oscar winner, Jack.

In Twist of Lemmon, Chris becomes his father and his friends and shares some of the stories and music that brought them close together when everything around them conspired to drag them apart. It’s a great father and son tale from the golden era of Hollywood.

“Growing up the one question I was asked more than any other was what is it like to be Jack Lemmon’s son,” said Chris.

“My father was one of the world’s most beloved actors. What people don’t know, however, is that he played the piano, really quite well, and that being a musician was his dream. But acting… that was his passion, and the whole world adored him for it.

“So what was it like being this guy’s son? And whether it be genetics, or just the way of the world, are you born with the same dreams and aspirations? How do you follow in the footsteps of a giant. Especially when that giant is your dad?… For me it began by trying to understand, not only who he was to me… but really who I was to him…”

The one man stage show is told entirely in the voice of his father, the touching narrative explores this unique, yet universal father/son journey.

It’s a story that sees the effects of Jack Lemmon’s worldwide super-stardom, divorce and separation. Both son and father fight against the tidal forces tearing them apart to finally become the very best of friends, against all odds, shortly before Jack’s untimely death in 2001.

With some of the greatest music of the era, as well as a number of his personal compositions, pianist and actor Chris Lemmon tells this heart-wrenching, and ultimately heart-warming story that promises to make you laugh and cry, and then laugh some more….

Twist of Lemmon, directed by Hugh Wooldridge, will run for a three-week season at St. James Studio from June 1-18.

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