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Cafe Istanbul
New Orleans, LA
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The all-male string quartet Well-Strung has been receiving rave reviews at Feinstein's/54 Below and all over the world, from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Leicester Square Theatre in London. A Well-Strung Christmas featuring VARLA JEAN MERMAN marks the debut of their brand new holiday show. The new show has been devised by Well-Strung, Mark Cortale and director Richard Jay-Alexander.  The New York Times recently called Well-Strung "A talented quartet of men who sing and play instruments brilliantly fuses pop and classical music from Madonna to Beethoven."

Selections will be performed from the most beautiful and traditional melodies, such as "Silent Night" to irreverant "newly-observed" versions of things like "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and the famous "Sleighride," to George Michael's "This Christmas"  and everything in between.

There will also be opportunities for the audience to participate and walk away from the evening's holiday celebration with some special moments they will remember and keep close to their hearts. You might even see a little snow!

Well-Strung, featuring Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Christopher Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola), is a string quartet with a modern twist playing universally recognized classical pieces while singing pop music hits from the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, and other pop stars for a wildly engaging and unique experience. Conceived by Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant, the foursome has quickly gained international attention. They have performed at the NYC TrevorLIVE Gala as well as appearances and performances on The TODAY Show and Watch What Happens Live.  They have also performed with artists like Kristin Chenoweth, Deborah Voigt, and Norm Lewis and this past month they were invited to perform alongside Neil Patrick Harris at his recent Provincetown concerts.

Jeffery Roberson aka VARLA JEAN MERMAN starred in the musical "Lucky Guy " opposite Leslie Jordan in NY at the Little Shubert in 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".   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 2010 Jeffery won an 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 production of "The Divine Sister " by Charles Busch.   He 's filmed three feature films, "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads " , "Girls Will Be Girls 2012 ", and most recently "Hush Up Sweet Charlotte" which will premiere at the Castro Theatre on October 28.  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.


Cafe Istanbul (View)
2372 St Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
United States



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