Saturday, October 19 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Emmy Award-winning comedian and writer Judy Gold shares the stage for the first time ever with Boston-area cabaret sensation and Norton Award winner Varla Jean Merman at the Huntington Theatre Company for one night only on Saturday, October 19 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Performance times are 6pm and 9pm. Produced by Mark Cortale, these two extraordinary talents will deliver what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of music, stand-up, and all-around hilarity. The Judy and Varla show features Gerald Goode at the piano.

Judy Gold has previously appeared at the Huntington in 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother and Judy Gold is Mommy Queerest. She has had stand-up specials on HBO, Comedy Central, and Logo. She has written and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show - My Life as a Sitcom (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination) and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding NY Theater; Drama Desk Award nominations). Ms. Gold received rave reviews as Gremio in The Public Theater’s all-female production of The Taming of The Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park. She also co-starred in Clinton! The Musical and Disaster! The Musical Off Broadway. She has appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," and has recurring roles on Netflix's "Friends from College" and "Search Party" on TBS. She can also be seen on the Showtime series "I'm Dying Up Here." Ms. Gold was featured in the series "Crisis in Six Scenes" on Amazon and also appears on the web series "The Other F Word" on Amazon Prime. Other recent television appearances include guest-starring roles on "Broad City," "Louie," "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "The Jim Gaffigan Show," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Difficult People," "30 Rock," and "Two Broke Girls." She won two Emmy Awards for writing and producing on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." Ms. Gold has made numerous appearances on "The Steve Harvey Show," "The View," "The Today Show," and "The Wendy Williams Show." She has written for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and She is the host of the hit podcast “Kill Me Now” on iTunes. You can find her on or follow her on twitter: @jewdygold.

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.


WHAT: The Judy & Varla Show starring Judy Gold and Varla Jean Merman

WHEN: Saturday, October 19 at 6pm & 9pm

WHERE: The Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts / 527 Tremont Street, Boston

TICKETS: Single tickets starting at $25, and FlexPasses are available:

Online at

  • By phone at 617 266 0800
  • In person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St.
  • Select discounts apply: $30 “35 Below” tickets for patrons 35 years old and younger (valid ID required); $20 student and military tickets (valid ID required)
  • Limited number of Prime Seating & VIP tickets for $125 are available and guarantee you the best seats in the house plus access to a post-show meeting and photo opportunity with Judy Gold and Jeffrey Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman.

Founded in 1982, the Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent to create award-winning productions, ranging from groundbreaking new works to classics made current, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the Boston community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is planning a major renovation of its Huntington Avenue Theatre, converting the historic theatre into a first-rate modern venue with a new, expansive 14,000 square foot lobby and greater services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form.

Mark Cortale (Producer) co-produced the new Drama Desk & Lucille Lortel nominated musical Midnight at the Never Get by Mark Sonnenblick, at the York Theatre last fall.  He produced Deconstructing Patti on Broadway in September 2017 at the Nederlander Theatre with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, starring Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky. He created the Broadway @ concert series in 2011 at The Art House in Provincetown where he serves as Producing Artistic Director. The series, featuring creative partner Seth Rudetsky as music director and host, had its eighth season this past summer and guest artists over the years have included Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Megan Mulllally, Christine Ebersole, and Jessie Mueller. The Broadway @ series also premiered in 2013 in New Orleans, in Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) with Megan Mullally, and in London's West End with Patti LuPone at the Leicester Square Theatre. The series has since travelled to cities that include Chicago @ The Steppenwolf, Beverly Hills @ The Wallis, Fort Lauderdale @ The Parker Playhouse, San Francisco @ The Herbst Theater and Scottsdale @ Scottsdale Center for the Arts.  In the 2018-2019 season, the series launched in NYC at The Town Hall with Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, and Jeremy Jordan.  Mr. Cortale produced the feature film Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads and also produces the singing string quartet Well-Strung, which he co-founded. Info at

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