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Varla Jean Merman

VARLA JEAN MERMAN (aka Jeffery Roberson Loe) starred in the musical “Lucky Guy” opposite Leslie Jordan in New York in 2011 at the Little Shubert Theatre, 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.”

More recently, Jeffery starred in the films “Hush Up,” “Sweet Charlotte,” “Girls Will Be Girls,” and “Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads.” Off-Broadway audiences have also embraced Jeffery in the title role of Giancarlo Menotti’s opera “The Medium,” as well as the title role in the musical comedy farce “Mildred Fierce.” Jeffery played the role of Mary Sunshine on Broadway in the revival of “Chicago” and in the First National Touring Company. In 2010, he won Boston’s Elliot Norton Award for Best Musical Performance in “Phantom of the Oprah.”

Jeffery’s longtime collaboration with the prolific Ricky Graham has produced such hits as "Hello Dawlin’!”,”Gone with the Breaking Wind,” “Steel Poinsettias,” and the hugely successful “Scrooge In Rouge” which has nine productions across the country this year alone.

Jeffery as Varla Jean has filled concert halls and cabarets across the world including the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. He made his network television debut on “All My Children,” guest starred in “Ugly Betty” and was on Bravo's “Project Runway” Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge.