Jeffrey Roberson

Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman, starred in the new musical Lucky Guy opposite Leslie Jordan at the Little Shubert Theatre in New York prompting The New York Times to rave: "If Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman had stood in front of the right pair of funhouse mirrors, they might have resembled Ms. Merman and Mr. Jordan in stature as well as comedic talent." Mr. Roberson appeared in the feature films Girls Will Be Girls 2012 and Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads. He also played the title role of Giancarlo Menotti's opera The Medium in New York at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre. Mr. Roberson guest starred as Varla Jean on "Ugly Betty" in the final season of the show and was featured on season 5 of Bravo’s “Project Runway” as the winning model for the show’s drag challenge. He played the role of Mary Sunshine in the revival of Chicago on Broadway, and also made his network television debut on "All My Children" in the recurring role of lady of the evening Rosemary Chicken. He shared the Outfest Film Festival Best Actor Award and the Aspen HBO Film Festival Best Actress Award with his co-stars Jack Plotnick and Clinton Leupp for his featured performance in the cult classic film Girls Will Be Girls (Sundance 2003) directed by Richard Day. Mr. Roberson also appeared at the Long Wharf Theatre in The Mystery of Irma Vep directed by Michael Wilson, performing the roles originally made famous by Charles Ludlam. In 2010, he received the Elliot Norton Award for Best Musical Performance in The Phantom of the OPRAH. He returned to Boston in the fall of 2011 to star as Mother Superior in SpeakEasy Stage Company's production of The Divine Sister by Charles Busch. As Varla Jean, Mr. Roberson has filled cabarets and concert halls across the world including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, New York's The Public Theater, London's Soho Theatre, and LA's Renberg Theatre. He 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.

(As of September 2019)

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