3-Minute Interview: Lisa Lambert

The Tony Award winner co-wrote the score to the Broadway hit “The Drowsy Chaperone,” playing at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre through Aug. 17.

Where did you get your love of theater? Mostly from my parents’ record collection; they had everything: “My Fair Lady,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Damn Yankees,” “Fiddler on the Roof.”

How did you start out in theater? I originally was in a Toronto group that did sketch comedy in the 1990s.

What’s the origin of “The Drowsy Chaperone”? I organized abachelor party that was half-party and half-show. We came up with the idea of a 1920s musical with no narrative set in a seedy nightclub.

Have you been to San Francisco — what are your impressions? I haven’t been here before. I only know that Mark Twain quote about how cold it is in summer. I’m excited to wear a coat that I bought last year when I went shopping with Jo Anne Worley.

What is it like winning a Tony Award? It’s great. Right after we won, I was crossing the street and I saw the cast of the show getting on a bus, and jumping up and down and waving. That felt amazing.

What are you working on now? Greg Morrison [who co-wrote “The Drowsy Chaperone” score] and I have been in L.A. working with Blake Edwards on a show.

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