FIRST WIVES FIGHT CLUB
Sat, March 21 - 7 PM
Sunshine Cathedral, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Experience a live, musical parody mash-up of the now-cult-classic films, First Wives Club and Fight Club. You’ve never seen (or heard!) anything like it. Starring the gorgeous and indelible talents of NINA WEST and BROOKE LYNN HYTES (fan favorites from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11), as well as VARLA JEAN MERMAN & PEACHES CHRIST, The first rule of the First Wives Fight Club is to TELL EVERYBODY!
An Outlandish FL performance.
Brooke Lynn Hytes
Equal parts ballerina, showgirl, and 90’s supermodel, Brooke Lynn Hytes is drag perfection - personified. The Toronto native received her dance training at the National Ballet School of Canada and in 2008, she traveled worldwide performing as a principal ballerina with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - an all male drag ballet company. Brooke Lynn then set her sights on the world of drag, winning multiple Canadian pageants and the coveted Miss Continental crown in the US in 2014. Brooke Lynn was honored to be the first Canadian to appear on cultural phenomenon, RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Hytes has cemented her place in history as the first drag queen to be tweeted by Canada’s official Twitter account, and has also been featured on The Social, The Morning Show, ETalk, ET Canada, Vogue.Com, Refinery29, Huffington Post, Global News, Now, Dance Magazine, Billboard, MTV News and the cover of New York Magazine, to name a few. 2020 shows no sign of slowing down with Brooke Lynn being announced as a permanent judge on Canada’s drag race.
West hosts the annual "Heels of Horror" show at Axis Nightclub, and has also hosted the competition "So You Think You Can Drag?" In 2008, she won the Entertainer of the Year award; her ensemble later inspired the singer Sia's outfit at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. West was included in Columbus Business First's "40 Under 40" list in 2018. Levitt worked as a social media strategist for Axis Nightclub as of 2018 and has done social media and marketing for Union Cafe since 2013.
West competed in the eleventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race. A street in Columbus has been "The Nina West Way" in her honor. She starred in Coaster, an animated short film directed and produced by Amos Sussigan and Dan Lund, and attended the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, where she became the first person to walk the purple carpet in full drag. West was announced as part of the cast for the first ever season of RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race, a Drag Race spin-off where Drag Race alumni transform celebrities into Drag Queens, premiering in 2020.
Varla Jean Merman
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”.
He guest starred as Varla Jean on Ugly Betty, was also featured on Bravo’s Project Runway Season 5, and played the role of Mary Sunshine in the revival of Chicago on Broadway. He 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. Varla Jean 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.
Peaches Christ is a filmmaker and cult leader living in SF. Her infamous movie events are self-produced at the Castro Theatre and regularly draw over 1,000 attendees to each new production before they tour. Events have featured special guest stars John Waters, Cloris Leachman, Bruce Campbell, Barry Bostwick, Pam Grier, and more.
Peaches is the alter- ego of Joshua Grannell, the writer and director of the feature film All About Evil. The award-winning dark comedy gore film stars Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Cassandra Peterson, Mink Stole, and Peaches Christ. Peaches has been featured in the films Milk, I Am Divine, Diary Of A Teenage Girl, Mansfield 66/67, Tura!, and more. Visit www.peacheschrist.com to stay up to date on her latest projects and upcoming shows.