Is an award winning actress who was the Stand By in the Broadway musical War Paint for the role of Elizabeth Arden, and recently participated in the Somerled Arts presentation of a new musical entitled The Museum of Broken Relationships; music by Daniel Green, and Book and Lyrics by David H. Bell.
She created and performed numerous roles on Broadway including Signora Naccarelli and Margaret Johnson (Alternate) in Lincoln Center Theatre’s The Light in the Piazza and reprised her Signora role for their Ten Year Anniversary Benefit Concert celebrating the acclaimed and groundbreaking musical.
Ms. Cohenour’s Broadway debut was in Hal Prince’s production of A Doll’s Life where she understudied the leading role of Nora ultimately leading her to be cast as the first American actress to play the role of Christine Daae’ in the original company of The Phantom of the Opera. After originating the role of Lily in The Secret Garden Workshop performances, she had the opportunity to reprise Ms. Daae’ with the 1st National Tour of Canada opposite Jeff Hyslop and her final performances presented with Colm Wilkinson in Toronto.
One of her most memorable performances was as Rosabud in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood garnering critical acclaim as well as the Clarence Derwent Award, a Tony and a Drama Desk nomination, and was honored to reprise the role at the Savoy Theater in London’s West End.
She originated the role of Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River; winning a 1985 Theater World Award, and a Drama Desk nomination. She returned to Broadway as the Mother Abbess in the 1996 revival of The Sound of Music, and re-visited the role in the 2012 Chicago Drury Lane Theatre’s production receiving a Jeff Award nomination. A career highlight was the honor of winning the 2013 Gregory Award for her critically acclaimed portrayals of Edith/Little Edie in the 5th Avenue/ACT theatre’s production of Grey Gardens.
Other credits include Adeline in Sweet Adeline for NYC’s Encores!, Magnolia in Hal Prince’s Showboat, Mimi in La Boheme (Theatre World Award) alternating the role with Linda Ronstadt, and Isabel/Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance for the New York Shakespeare Festival. Also, Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir for Seattle’s ACT Theatre, Maudie in To Kill A Mockingbird for Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew for Syracuse Stage, and for Seattle’s 5th Avenue performed the roles of Rosabella in Most Happy Fella, Abigail Adams in 1776, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, and Yvonne/Naomi in Sunday in the Park with George.
Recent performances include Mama Murphy in the 2014 San Diego Old Globe Theatre’s acclaimed production of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star, and Charlotte Bartlett in the 5th Avenue Theatre Premiere of A Room With A View receiving the Subscriber Choice Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role.
Her concert performances have been conducted by such luminaries as Rob Fisher, Peter Nero, Paul Gemignani, the late Marvin Hamlish and John Dankworth, and she performed the World Premiere of Imant Kalnin’s Rock Symphony No. 4 with the Detroit Symphony, and the Leipaja Symphony in Leipaja and Riga, Latvia.
Her solo recording To an Isle in the Water: The Poetry of William Butler Yeats was produced by multiple Grammy winner Thomas Z. Shepard, and she can be heard on the cast recordings of Big River, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the 1996 Revival of The Sound of Music, and The Light in the Piazza.