Episode 18: Varla Jean Merman (The Mad Show)

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In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to actor, singer, and drag legend Jeffery Roberson (aka Varla Jean Merman) about the 1966 cast recording of The Mad Show. They also discuss Coco Peru, Frank DeCaro, Heklina, Joanne Worley, Linda Lavin, The First Wives Club, Carol Burnett, Sandy Duncan, Barbra Streisand, Ann Reinking, Leslie Jordan, Marisol Montalvo, and Charles Busch. Varla talks about performing the role of Mary Sunshine in Chicago on Broadway, and shares stories about working in Provincetown with queens such as Jinkx Monsoon, Peaches Christ, Liza Lott, and BenDeLaCreme. In addition to her hilarious onstage performances, Varla is also known for her work in Richard Day’s beloved 2003 comedy film Girls Will Be Girls.


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