Ms. Cohenour is an award winning actress who will be reprising her official position as Stand By for Christine Ebersole in the role of Elizabeth Arden for the new musical War Paint which debuts on Broadway with Preview performances beginning in March, and Opening Night slated for April 6th, 2017. The musical had made record breaking sales history for The Goodman Theater in Chicago, and Patti is very honored to join the New York company after enjoying working with the wonderful cast during its successful run in Chicago.
She has created and performed numerous roles on Broadway including Signora Naccarelli and Margaret Johnson (Alternate) in The Light in the Piazza for Lincoln Center, and reprised her Signora role in April, 2016 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater’s extraordinary Ten Year Anniversary Benefit Concert celebrating the brilliant groundbreaking musical.
Her 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 was given the opportunity to reprise Ms. Daae’ with the 1st National Tour of Canada opposite her amazing leading man Jeff Hyslop, and her final performances of the role were presented opposite the remarkable Colm Wilkinson in Toronto.
One of her most memorable performances was as Rosabud in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood winning critical acclaim as well as the Clarence Derwent Award, a Tony and a Drama Desk nomination. She was then 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 reprised the role in the 2012 Chicago Drury Lane Theatre’s production garnering a Jeff Award nomination. A career highlight was the honor of receiving 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 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, and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz.
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 in which she was awarded the Seattle 5th Avenue’s 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 had the honor of performing 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.