BIO

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SHARLEEN COOPER COHEN’s first career was as a highly successful interior designer. Her work appeared in House Beautiful, Architectural Digest and the Los Angeles Times Home Magazine. After losing her first husband, she turned to writing to process her grief. Seven published novels later (THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, REGINA’S SONG, THE LADIES OF BEVERLY HILLS, MARITAL AFFAIRS, LOVE SEX AND MONEY, LIVES OF VALUE and INNOCENT GESTURES), over two million copies are in print in the U.S., Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, China and The United Kingdom. Three were optioned for film and television.

In 1995 Sharleen wrote and co-produced her first musical, SHEBA (book and lyrics) with music by Gary William Friedman, Off Broadway in partnership with the Jewish Repertory Theatre. It was one of the JRT’s most successful productions and garnered an excellent New York Times review. The SHEBA CD was released in January 2000 by Original Cast Records. In 2003, Sheba was updated: songs added, the score re-orchestrated, to make it a Pop Rock Gospel Musical. Presented in Los Angeles in 2004 as a community outreach project, it brought together the African-American and Jewish communities in an entertainment experience and enjoyed the support of L.A.’s religious leaders. Sheba was awarded Honorable Mention in the Stage Play Script Category of the 2004 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Amas Musical Theatre produced readings of SHEBA at the 2005 New York Music Theatre Festival, directed by Iona Morris.

Her second original musical, STORMY WEATHER, the Story of Lena Horne, began with readings in New York in 1998, Los Angeles in 1999, New York, in  2000 and 2001.  Stormy Weather was awarded Honorable Mention in the Stage Play Script Category of the 2000 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.   A workshop of Stormy Weather was produced by Amas Musical Theatre in 2004, starring Leslie Uggams.  And there were two more readings at Manhattan Theater Club both in 2005.

The world premiere of STORMY WEATHER: Imagining Lena Horne, starring Leslie Uggams, Kearran Giovanni, Davis Gaines and Kevyn Morrow was presented in February – March 2007 at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia and broke all box office records.

In January 2009, The Pasadena Playhouse presented the West Coast premiere of STORMY WEATHER starring Leslie Uggams.  It was held over through March 8 by popular demand and broke all box office records.

In 2012 – her original musical, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, premiered at The Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia. The original screenplay,  by Douglas D. Stewart, her co-writing partner is one of the most popular and highest-grossing films of all times. Award-winning composer Kenneth Hirsch and award-winning lyricist Robin Lerner wrote the score. Currently there is a workshop at The Curve, Liecester, UK scheduled for July, 2016.

Sharleen served as producer on Broadway’s AN AMERICAN IN PARIS,  THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN,  STREET CORNER SYMPHONY, and JERRY HERMAN’S THE BEST of TIMES at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.

Other co-producing and associate producing credits include: BINGO, DUETCOOKIN’ AT THE COOKERY.<
Other original projects in development include:  BLACKOUT, with music by award-winning composer Debra Barsha (RADIANT BABY), WHO KILLED MARILYN?  a play in one act, PAYING NATASHA, a screenplay in pre-production, and POP NATION, where she will serve as producer.

SharMar Music Publishing, LLC
Houses both original songs and television projects written and conceived by Sharleen and her husband, Dr. Martin Cohen. They collaborate with a variety of musical producers and composers.