If you are a fan of Jack Lemmon, you’ll love “Jack Lemmon Returns” at The Broad Stage. Chris Lemmon not only looks like his father, he can act like him too. Throughout the show, he channels his father playing the characters that made him famous. Watch “The Apartment”, “Some Like It Hot”, or any other of Jack’s movies (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000493/) before seeing the show to fully appreciate the spot-on recreation.
During the show Chris plays a Hank Williams, Sr. song a bunch of original ones, which was a very common activity for him and his father. While playing, pictures of the two of them are projected on the back screen along with many famous actors that Jack worked with. 90 minutes is a long time for one man to hold the attention of the audience, so these extra features help. Perhaps throwing in a clip of Jack Lemmon in one of his films would give Chris an extra chance to catch his breath.
All in all, it was an entertaining look behind the scenes of a legend of Hollywood. This show keeps Jack Lemmon’s spirit alive and well.
“Jack Lemmon Returns” opens at 8pm on Friday and continues Tuesdays through Sundays in The Edye at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $45 to $55. Call (310) 434-3200 or visit www.thebroadstage.com.