Gay Cabaret in Puerto Vallarta: The Performers. Entertaining drag shows and great performing artists have been a part of Puerto Vallarta’s gay scene for more than 20 years starting with Palm Cabaret in 1999. The Palm’s Mark Rome was responsible for booking original performers like Ida Slapter, Carrie Chesnutt, Kim Kuzma, and Amy and Freddy. Since then our city has seen many popular drag superstars performers at one time or another. Such international stars as Lady Bunny, Jackie Beat, late Cashetta, Coco Peru, Miss Ritchfield 1981, Hedda Lettuce, Mama Tits, Sutton Lee Seymour, Miss Conception, Marla Jean Merman, Chi Chi Rones, and Joanna are just a few who have performed in PV. These performers visit our city because of one reason: All made possible by our great cabaret venues: Act 2, Palm Cabaret, Incanto, and Nacho Daddy.
JoAnna (Joe Perry) has been a headline performer in Puerto Vallarta since 2006 starting at Club Manana. She began in New York City winning numerous awards, including “The Best Patsy Cline Singer” at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Since 2013 JoAnna has been performing with Emmy award winner Chi Chi Rones in a famous drag show “Dueling Drag Divas.” The show was going to be called “Dairy Queen and Taco Belle” as Jo Anna hails from Wisconsin on a goat farm…while Chi Chi (aka Peter Garcia) loves Taco Bell. Ultimately they changed their title to Dueling Drag Divas and it stuck!
Mama Tits (Brian Peters) since 2014 Mama Tits has been packing shows in Puerto Vallarta night after night and for good reason. She combines humor, irony, current affairs, song and a bit of dance into a surefire professional performance comparable to experience anywhere in the world.
Hedda Lettuce known as New York City’s premiere comic queen since 1985, she has quickly become one of Vallarta’s performers with her unique look. She is truly a queen of green in Vallarta.
Miss Conception celebrates 20 years of performing in 2020 and in PV since 2011. This zany mistress of disguise is a queen of costume changes. Unique creativity that goes into each of Miss Conception’s shows is impressive! Creative costumes, original themes, parodies, singing, drama and over-the-top comedy are all a recipe for a spectacular entertainment experience.
Amy Armstrong When you experience the ‘Diva of Song and Fun,’ you’ll be drawn in, entertained and uplifted. Armstrong’s incredible voice mesmerizes as she sings those fabulous tunes, injecting humor between each song.
The Kinsey Sicks In July 1994, the Kinsey Sicks drew a large and enthusiastic crowd at their first public performance on a street corner in San Francisco’s Castro District. Since then, Kinsey Sicks have produced and performed full-length theatrical productions around the country and in Puerto Vallarta at Club Manana (2007), Blue Chairs, Act 2 and The Palm.
Miss Coco Peru (aka Clinton Leupp) has been a household name in the LGBT community for over 25 years. She got her start in the early 90’s as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of New York after she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in her first show, Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret, and has since enjoyed an expansive career, ranging from intimate cabaret stages in New York, LA, and Puerto Vallarta.
Miss Richfield 1981 What makes Miss Richfield unique is a combination of midwestern sensibilities with an off-the-page humor, stemming from her creator Russ King. A former journalist and Minnesota native, King created a character with a rich history that begins with her life-long goal of being crowned beauty queen of her first-ring suburb of Minneapolis.
Sutton Lee Seymour Known as “Robin Williams of Drag,” Sutton Lee Seymour is New York City’s campiest live singing queen of stage and screen, now touring her best selling shows from coast to coast in the United States, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, and also the seven seas with Atlantis Events!
Varla Jean Merman aka Jeffery Roberson has filled cabarets and concert halls across the world including Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, New York Public Theater, London’s Soho Theatre and LA’s Renberg Theatre and Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Jeffery wrote and starred in Improve Your History with Varla Jean: Stonewall, for launch of MTV’s television network Logo and was also seen in their One Night Standup: Dragtastic Special.
Gouda Gabor The legendary Gouda Gabor has done TV, stage… and probably a few of your husbands. She has been visiting Puerto Vallarta since the Malecon was just a “Mal”, but now she makes her home here and looks forward to sharing her observations of what’s on the stage and what’s on the streets of Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta would have seen a solo return of Jackie Beat with Sherry Vine in “Battle of the Bitches” drag show in 2020 at Act 2 entertainment. However due to COVID-19 pandemic their shows were cancelled.
Cashetta (aka Scott Weston) Puerto Vallarta was the last home to popular drag performer Cashetta. She was a singer and magician and made appearances on “Today,” “Conan O’Brien,” on LOGO network with Margaret Cho. She died in Puerto Vallarta March 2015 while performing shows at Act 2 entertainment. See our tribute to Cashetta here.
Some other famous non drag personalities who have performed in our destination include Kim Kuzma, Leslie Jordan, Steve Grand, Well Strung, Lorna Luft, Levi Kreis and many others.