Varla Jean Merman (aka Jeffery Roberson Loe) starred in the musical Lucky Guy opposite Leslie Jordan in New York 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.” Jeffery also starred in the films Hush Up, Sweet Charlotte, Girls Will Be Girls, and Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads. Off-Broadway audiences have also embraced him 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. He won Boston’s Elliot Norton Award for Best Musical Performance in Phantom of the Oprah.
Jeffery’s longtime collaboration with the New Orleans favorite 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 on "Ugly Betty," and was on Bravo's "Project Runway" Season 5 as the winning model for the show's drag challenge.
Please note that all artists and acts are subject to change at any time.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to enter the club.
54 Below Frequently Asked Questions
What shows are coming up next at Feinstein's/54 Below
Jenn Gambatese & Friends… No One Is Alone: From Hammerstein to Sondheim (1/1-1/1)
*Marilyn Maye (1/1-1/1)
Luann de Lesseps: Countess Cabernet (1/1-1/1)
54 Sings Olivia Rodrigo (1/1-1/1)
Katie Boeck Sings Joni Mitchell’s Blue (1/1-1/1)
Live The Dream: Taking Over NYC! (1/1-1/1)
New Writers at 54! Cheeyang Ng (1/2-1/2)
Christine Pedi: Snow Bizness (12/29-12/29)
Club 54 Gold (12/31-12/31)
Club 54 Ruby (12/31-12/31)
Where is Feinstein's/54 Below located?
Feinstein's/54 Below is at 254 W 54th Street, New York, NY.
What shows have played recently at Feinstein's/54 Below
A Very Queer Holiday: Chrismukkah in July (1/1/2986-1/1/2986)
Holly Ann Butler: Uncovered (1/1/2986-1/1/2986)
A Time For Love: Christmas with Gloria Reuben (1/1/2985-1/1/2985)
#MarchOnBroadway Presents The Function: A Juneteenth Concert Celebration (1/1/2985-1/1/2985)
Lucie Arnaz (7/22/2023-7/22/2023)
Sondheim Unplugged (6/25/2023-6/25/2023)
Rachel Handman & Keve Wilson: Broadway Musicians, Music From Around The World (5/21/2023-5/21/2023)
Sue Matsuki: The Gals Who Make Me Sing! (5/19/2023-5/19/2023)
54 Salutes Frank Sinatra (3/25/2023-3/25/2023)
TAKE3: The Genre Smashing Trio Where Bach and Bieber Collide (3/22/2023-3/22/2023)
What shows are coming up next at 54 Below
#MarchOnBroadway Presents The Function: A Juneteenth Concert Celebration (1/1/85-1/1/85)
Holly Ann Butler: Uncovered (1/1/86-1/1/86)
A Very Queer Holiday: Chrismukkah in July (1/1/86-1/1/86)
Varla Jean Merman with Gerald Goode (1/1/87-1/1/87)
Jenn Gambatese & Friends… No One Is Alone: From Hammerstein to Sondheim (1/1/88-1/1/88)
*Marilyn Maye (1/1/95-1/1/95)
Luann de Lesseps: Countess Cabernet (1/1/98-1/1/98)
54 Sings Olivia Rodrigo (1/1/99-1/1/99)
Katie Boeck Sings Joni Mitchell’s Blue (1/1/99-1/1/99)
Live The Dream: Taking Over NYC! (1/1/99-1/1/99)
New Writers at 54! Cheeyang Ng (1/2/99-1/2/99)
Where is 54 Below located?
54 Below is at 254 W 54th Street, New York, NY.
What shows have played recently at 54 Below
The Mad Ones by Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, in concert (1/4/23-1/4/23)
54 Salutes Frank Sinatra, feat. Haley Swindal, Ben Jones, & More! (12/30/22-12/30/22)
54 Salutes Frank Sinatra (12/30/22-12/30/22)
Christine Pedi: Snow Bizness (12/29/22-12/29/22)
54 Sings Broadway's Greatest Hits! (12/23/22-12/23/22)
54 Sings Broadway's Greatest Hits! Feat. Molly Bremer, John Easterlin, & More! (12/23/22-12/23/22)
*DIAMOND SERIES: Vanessa Williams (12/18/22-12/18/22)
Sondheim Unplugged, feat. Sarah Rice, Bruce Sabath, & More! (11/27/22-11/27/22)
Sondheim Unplugged (11/27/22-11/27/22)
*Liz Callaway & Ann Hampton Callaway: As Long As We’re Together! (11/26/22-11/26/22)