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Stage Review

Merman’s star power lifts ‘Phantom’

Andre 'Afrodite' Shoals (left) and Varla Jean Merman in the Gold Dust Orphans' production of 'Phantom of the Oprah,' a musical by Ryan Landry. Andre "Afrodite" Shoals (left) and Varla Jean Merman in the Gold Dust Orphans' production of "Phantom of the Oprah," a musical by Ryan Landry. (Kelly Davidson)
By Sandy MacDonald
Globe Correspondent / March 1, 2010

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Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans are experts when it comes to sending up the grand old theatrical tradition of backstage backstabbing (consider their recent “All About Christmas Eve’’). Funny thing is, the company itself seems to operate without ego. When a drag star of international renown such as Varla Jean Merman happens to make herself available for a ... (Full article: 552 words)

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