SHARLEEN COOPER COHEN began her business career by creating a highly successful interior
design firm. Her work has appeared in major national magazines, such as House Beautiful
and Architectural Digest. After a decade as a designer, she turned to writing novels.
Seven published novels later (THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, REGINA'S SONG, THE LADIES OF BEVERLY HILLS,
MARITAL AFFAIRS, LOVE SEX AND MONEY, LOVES OF VALUE and INNOCENT GESTURES), over two million
copies of her books are in print in the U.S., Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, China, and
the United Kingdom. Three of them have been optioned for television. During her career as a novelist,
she toured the United States numerous times, appearing at speaking engagements, book signings
and on television and radio.
In 1995 she wrote her first musical, SHEBA, which she co-produced with the
Jewish Repertory Theatre, Off-Broadway in New York. SHEBA 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. To update SHEBA for the
new millennium major changes were made, songs were added and the score was reorchestrated.
Formerly a sing-thru libretto, SHEBA is now scene and song. A backer's presentation
of the new Pop Rock Gospel Musical took place in Los Angeles in 2004. This production, a
community outreach project, brought together the African-American and Jewish communities
in an entertainment experience, and had the support of both religious communities. It also
served as a blueprint for a national tour. SHEBA was awarded Honorable mention in the
Stage Play Script category of the 2004 Writer's Digest Writing Competition.
Since SHEBA premiered, she was associate producer of STREET CORNER SYMPHONY
on Broadway and also produced JERRY HERMAN'S THE BEST OF TIMES at the Vaudeville
Theatre in London's West End. In January of 1999, she produced COOKIN' AT THE COOKERY,
the story of Alberta Hunter, in conjunction with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
Her musical, STORMY WEATHER, the story of Lena Horne, had its first reading in New York
in December 1998, then in Los Angeles in September 1999, featuring a cast that included
Barbara McNair, Tamara Tunie, Kelly Brit, Dennis Cole and Ron Glass. Additional readings,
directed by Billie Allen, were held in New York in October 2000 and October 2001, both
produced by Amas Musical Theatre. The cast included Phylicia Rashad, Ruth Williamson, and
Tamara Tunie, choreography by Hope Clark. STORMY WEATHER was awarded Honorable
Mention in the Stage Play Script category of the 2000 Writer's Digest Writing Competition.
Amas Musical Theatre produced a workshop of STORMY WEATHER in June 2004, directed by
Victoria Pero with choreography by Hope Clarke. The cast included Leslie Uggams,
LaTanya Hall, Blair Ross and John Hillner. In February 2005, The Manhattan Theatre Club
produced a reading of STORMY WEATHER to assess it's viability for a major
Sharleen's original musical, BLACKOUT, with music by award-winning
composer Debra Barsha (RADIANT BABY), had a workshop reading in New York December 2003,
produced by Amas Musical Theatre. Directed by Phillip George, the cast included Funda Ducal,
Patrick Jude, Alan H. Green, Christina Nuki, Jenelle Lynn Randall, Julian Rebolledo,
James Sasser and Robin Skye.
She has obtained the stage rights to one of the most popular and highest grossing
films of all times, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN and is currently working as a book writer and
producer with Douglas Day Stewart on a musical based on the original screenplay.