Tue Apr 23 2024

8:30 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Catalina Bar & Grill

6725 W. Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

$25.00 - $60.00

All Ages

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VARLA JEAN MERMAN (Icon, Award-winning Singer, Comedienne) brings her new show "STAND BY YOUR DRAG" to Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood! Join us...

LIVE! Tues, April 23, 2024 at 8:30pm. Dinner begins at 7:00pm. 

It’s been a year since Varla Jean Merman's earth-shaking, knee-breaking “Tic-Taccident” found her flat on her back with her legs in the air. Since that time, our daffy diva has worked hard to get back on her feet and on the stage.

Now with drag bans, anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and a skyrocketing bar tab, America is conspiring to knock Varla off her lucite heels AGAIN!

Join this show-biz survivor as she takes a stand for life, liberty and the pursuit of non-skid breath mints.

Tickets: $25-35, VIP & Artist Circle Seating Available.  Ticket online at CatalinaJazzClub.com or TicketWeb.com 

*Tickets purchased online receive priority seating.
*Single Entree or Drink minimums apply for all tickets

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
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 CharlotteGirls 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 WindSteel 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 Bettyand was on Bravo's Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge. 

Catalina Jazz Club & Chris Isaacson Presents
VARLA JEAN MERMAN: STAND BY YOUR DRAG (Icon, Award-winning Singer, Comedienne)

  • Varla Jean Merman

    Varla Jean Merman

    Other Arts & Theater

    Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman starred in the new musical Lucky Guy opposite Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert in spring 2011 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”. Jeffery recently completed shooting the feature film Girls Will Be Girls 2012 and Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads (now available on www.SethTV.com). He played the title role of Giancarlo Menotti’s opera The Medium in New York at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre in October of 2012.

    He guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty in the final season of the show and was also featured on Bravo’s Project Runway Season 5 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 costars Jack Plotnick and Clinton Leupp for his featured performance in the cult classic film Girls Will Be Girls (Sundance 2003) directed by Richard Day.

    Jeffery also appeared at the Long Wharf Theatre in Hartford Stage’s production of The Mystery of Irma Vep directed by Michael Wilson performing the roles originally made famous by Charles Ludlam. In 2010 Jeffery won an 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’s production of The Divine Sister by Charles Busch.

    As Varla Jean, Jeffery has filled cabarets and concert halls across the world including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Theater, London’s Soho Theatre and LA’s Renberg Theatre. Jeffery 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.
  • Chris Isaacson Presents

    Chris Isaacson Presents

    Music

    Chris Isaacson Presents (CIP) has created, produced, and promoted over 1500 events since the company’s founding in 2004. From small clubs to major theatres, CIP has presented many of the most influential stars of this generation including Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Academy Award-winning musicians, actors and recording artists.
     
    Highlights include coordinating and producing an elaborate premiere celebrations for Emmy Award-winning series POSE (FX Networks) starring Billy Porter, Janet Mock and Our Lady J , Emmy Award-winning series Feud: Bette & Joan (FX Networks) starring Susan Sarandon, co-produced the Grammy Award-nominated "Considering Matthew Shepard" at Ford Theatres (earning CIP a proclamation from City of West Hollywood) with guests hosts Tim Bagley, Candis Cayne, & Joely Fisher, producing the West Coast charitable event GAIN: Brighter Futures starring Alisan Porter (winner of NBC’s The Voice) for Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, high-flying events for LA Pride, Rolling Stone, The Grove LA and Americana at Brand, serving as Producer on the critically acclaimed feature documentary Studio One Forever directed by Marc Saltarelli starring Thelma Houston, Chita Rivera, Melisa Rivers, Lance Bass, and Bruce Vilanch, and most recently, working with Dick and Arlene Van Dyke, and Tony Danza on "Dick Van Dyke: 98 Years of Magic" for CBS Television.
     
    Isaacson returned to produce the 2023 Creative Business Awards ceremony in West Hollywood at The 1 Hotel honoring the Sunset Marquis Hotel, presented by West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. This event was hosted by Kate Flannery and Jackie Tohn with special presentations by Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton.

    Isaacson’s concerts have been featured on MTV, CNN, Access Hollywood, Extra, ABC's On the Red Carpet, KTLA Morning News, Good Day LA (Fox), and in the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, and The New York Times.
     
    He is committed to humanitarian and social causes including Ronald McDonald House Charities, Youth Emerging Stronger (Yes!), Van Nuys Recovery House, The Actors Fund, and The Trevor Project.
     
    For more information on upcoming CIP events, visit ChrislsaacsonPresents.com
  • Catalina Jazz Club

    Catalina Jazz Club

    Contemporary Jazz

    The American dream came true for Catalina Popescu in October of 1986 when she and her husband Bob created a supper club devoted to serving an experience of superb eats and the shared magic of live performance. That grand experience began at the door where every night her mother Maria would greet each guest as family and share in their love of music. Housed in Hollywood and decked out in a timeless charm, the club offers a cozy ambience under sparkling stage lights garnished with its signature concoction — Jazz. The first artist to grace the stage was the masterful flutist and saxophonist Buddy Collette, and ever since then, over the past 36 years, the Catalina Jazz Club has hosted the most illustrious legends of all time — from the powerful puffers of Dizzy Gillespie to the electrified fingers of McCoy Tyner, the bubbly belt of Dee Dee Bridgewater and Lynda Carter, the flirtatious saxophone of Joshua Redman, the slick strumming of Kenny Burrell, the insane drum clinic of Steve Gadd, the romance of Steve Tyrell, and the masterclass of Mike Stern.

    For Catalina, Jazz is our way of life. It breathes pain. It knows love. It dreams hope. It bleeds courage. Whether we’re showcasing Broadway, Soul, R&B, or stand-up comedy, the lesson learned from all the greats who have serenaded our spirits is how to connect to one another. And that’s why the Catalina Jazz Club will always have a table ready for you.

    The Catalina Jazz Club has been honored by A.S.M.A.C., California Jazz Foundation, Los Angeles Jazz Society, and a City of Los Angeles Certificate of Appreciation on their 25th Anniversary, which was awarded by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the LA City Council which included then City Council member and current Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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ARTIST CIRCLE (Front Row - Limited)

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$60.00
VIP SEATING
- VIP Section (limited) with best views of Stage including Artist Meet & Greet!
VIP
$50.00
MAIN SEATING
- Seating with good view of Artist/Stage
MAIN
$35.00
BAR / HIGH TOP TABLES

- Seating with good views in Bar Area (left of stage) & Back-of-House

$25.00

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Catalina Jazz Club & Chris Isaacson Presents

VARLA JEAN MERMAN: STAND BY YOUR DRAG (Icon, Award-winning Singer, Comedienne)

Tue Apr 23 2024 8:30 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Catalina Bar & Grill Hollywood CA
VARLA JEAN MERMAN: STAND BY YOUR DRAG (Icon, Award-winning Singer, Comedienne)

$25.00 - $60.00 All Ages

VARLA JEAN MERMAN (Icon, Award-winning Singer, Comedienne) brings her new show "STAND BY YOUR DRAG" to Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood! Join us...

LIVE! Tues, April 23, 2024 at 8:30pm. Dinner begins at 7:00pm. 

It’s been a year since Varla Jean Merman's earth-shaking, knee-breaking “Tic-Taccident” found her flat on her back with her legs in the air. Since that time, our daffy diva has worked hard to get back on her feet and on the stage.

Now with drag bans, anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and a skyrocketing bar tab, America is conspiring to knock Varla off her lucite heels AGAIN!

Join this show-biz survivor as she takes a stand for life, liberty and the pursuit of non-skid breath mints.

Tickets: $25-35, VIP & Artist Circle Seating Available.  Ticket online at CatalinaJazzClub.com or TicketWeb.com 

*Tickets purchased online receive priority seating.
*Single Entree or Drink minimums apply for all tickets

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
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 CharlotteGirls 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 WindSteel 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 Bettyand was on Bravo's Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge. 

Please correct the information below.

Select ticket quantity.

Complete the security check.

Access Code

Select Tickets

All Ages
limit 10 per person
ARTIST CIRCLE (Front Row - Limited) info
- Front Row Only (limited seating) including Artist Meet & Greet
$60.00
VIP SEATING info
- VIP Section (limited) with best views of Stage including Artist Meet & Greet!
VIP
$50.00
MAIN SEATING info
- Seating with good view of Artist/Stage
MAIN
$35.00
BAR / HIGH TOP TABLES info
- Seating with good views in Bar Area (left of stage) & Back-of-House
$25.00

Delivery Method

Will Call