Who is Varla Jean Merman?
As Varla Jean, Jeffery Roberson has filled cabarets and concert halls across the world including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Theater, London’s Soho Theatre and LAs Renberg Theatre. Jeffery wrote and starred in the short Improve Your History with Varla Jean: Stonewall, for the launch of the MTV’s television network Logo and was also seen in their One Night Standup: Dragtastic special. Jeffery has starred as Varla in numerous TV and stage roles as well.
“…hysterically funny” – New York Times
“…the singer blurs the line between what is feminine and what is artifice…the mountainous peaks and troughs of her vocal range defied expectations.” – San Francisco Weekly
“…a delirious synthesis of Divine, Karen Finley, and Montserrat Caballé and even those who think drag has had its day swear that this big, beautiful creature is kind of demented genius.” – Time Out New York
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