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Varla Jean Merman Returns to Provincetown with Brand New Show 'Bad Heroine'

Tuesday Jun 13, 2017

The United States is tripping, so what do we need to keep us from hitting rock bottom? Bad heroine! Drag superstar (and recent parolee) Varla Jean Merman's new show pays tribute to the inspiring women who have inspired her to think about becoming inspirational. Will Varla Jean be an inspiration... or end up on Intervention? Make tracks to this year's most addictive comedy cabaret!

International chanteuse and perennial P-Town prima donna Varla Jean Merman brings her brand new show "Bad Heroine" to The Art House in Provincetown from June 23 through September 1. The show is directed by Michael Schiralli, written by Jeffery Roberson and Jacques Lamarre, with additional material by Ricky Graham and also features Gerald Goode and Brian Johnston. For Tickets and information, please visit http://ptownarthouse.com or call 800-838-3006.

Jeffery Roberson (a.k.a. Varla Jean Merman) 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 film "Hush Up Sweet Charlotte" and also "Girls Will Be Girls," and "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads." Off-Broadway audiences have also embraced Jeffrey in the title role of Giancarlo Menotti's opera "The Medium," as well as the title role in the musical comedy farce "Mildred Fierce."

On Broadway, Jeffery played the role of Mary Sunshine in the revival of "Chicago" on Broadway and in 2010 won Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Best Musical Performance in "The Phantom of the OPRAH." He returned to Boston to star as Mother Superior in SpeakEasy Stage's "The Divine Sister" by Charles Busch.

Jeffery as Varla Jean has filled concert halls and cabarets across the world including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Public Theater, London's Soho Theatre, LA's Renberg Theatre, and San Francisco's Victoria Theatre. He made his network television debut on "All My Children," guest starred as Varla Jean in "Ugly Betty"'s final season and on Bravo's "Project Runway" Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge.


About The Art House

The Art House is Provincetown's premier entertainment venue and Cape Cod's summer home to top Broadway talent, internationally touring cabaret artists, stand-up comics and America's cutting edge drag artists. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Mark Cortale since 2011, The Art House in Provincetown, MA, is the original home to the internationally acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House concert series hosted by Sirius XM radio star Seth Rudetsky.

The Broadway @ series also premiered in 2013 in New Orleans at NOCCA, in Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) with Megan Mullally and in London's West End with Patti LuPone at the Leicester Square Theater. Between 2014 - 2017, the series has appeared in over 15 major venues nation-wide and presented Broadway superstars such as Rosie O'Donnell, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Vanessa Williams, Matthew Morrison, Sutton Foster, Christine Ebersole, Cheyenne Jackson, Gavin Creel, Andrea Martin, Megan Hilty and Chita Rivera, among many other stars.

The Art House is wheelchair accessible.

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