Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Drag Race 

A half hour turns Dennis into Denise.

Dennis Werntz takes no more than 30 minutes to make himself up as the statuesque Denise Russell. And unlike other drag queens who lip-sync their acts, Werntz can actually sing. Tonight, he's in Akron to croon Carol Channing and Ethel Merman standards and impersonate Katharine Hepburn.

Offstage, Werntz is a make-up artist; he helped run the "transformation salon" Gorgeous in Munroe Falls, where he would outfit and make up other impersonators. Since it closed last year, Werntz has traveled around the country with his show, including a stop at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, where he holds the distinction of being the only illusionist to ever perform on the fabled country-music stage.
Thu., Nov. 23, 9 p.m.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of Highlights

More by Cris Glaser

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation