About Sharon

Sharon Wheatley is both a Broadway actress and writer.  She has a nationally published memoir ‘Til the Fat Girl Sings (Adams Media).

Sharon currently appears nightly as Diane in the new musical COME FROM AWAY on Broadway. Playing at The Schoenfeld Theater, it opened on March 12, 2017 to critical acclaim and is a New York Times “Critic’s Pick”.

Book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein

Directed by Christopher Ashley Come From Away is an original, rock-inspired world-premiere musical based on the true story of when the isolated town of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleepover when 38 planes were diverted to Gander on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the spirited town cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we’re all part of a global family.

As a writer, Sharon wrote for actress Kristin Chenoweth, including sketches for her US and Australia tours, sketches for the Hollywood Bowl and other concerts around the country.  A favorite was co-writing a parody of Anthony Weiner to the song “Popular” for Kristin to sing on The Tonight Show, which aired on July 30th, 2013 and went “viral” within 24 hours.  Sharon also produced, directed and co-wrote AVENUE ZOO, a 30 minute original musical written for The Bronx Zoo WCS.  It ran for four months at The Bronx Zoo in 2016 and 2012, and was rewritten and performed at The Houston Zoo for four months in the summer of 2013.  AVENUE ZOO was written up in the September 2013 issue of American Theatre Magazine. 

Sharon is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended the renowned Musical Theater program at University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. In 2006 Sharon received the CCM Musical Theater Alumnae Award.

Sharon has enjoyed many years in New York City as a professional actress. Her Broadway credits include her current role in Come From Away (Diane and others, original cast) Avenue Q (Kate Monster/ Lucy T. Slut, Mrs. T. Yellow Bear), the final company of Cats as it finished its record breaking run at The Winter Garden Theater (Jennyanydots, The Gumbie Cat), Les Miserables (Cosette and Eponine), and The Phantom of the Opera (Madam Firman). Sharon holds the distinction of being the only actress to appear in all three of these Broadway blockbusters on Broadway. She has also toured nationally and internationally withCome From Away, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music, and also originated Avenue Q at The Wynn Casino and Resort in Las Vegas (Mrs. T/Yellow Bear/ Kate and Lucy).  Her film credits include Gods behaving Badly (Release date TBA). On TV she has been seen as “Mary Jo” in My Life Is A Lifetime Movie.  

In addition to her Broadway career, Sharon is a featured soloist around the country with Symphony Orchestras, including The New Jersey Symphony, Detroit, Seattle, Portland, Naples, Milwaukee, Omaha and Okalahoma City. 

As an author, Sharon has appeared on national radio shows, TV shows, and in numerous publications. Her book, ‘Til the Fat Girl Sings; From an Overweight Nobody to a Broadway Somebody, a memoir was released on June 1, 2006 to excellent reviews and was quickly named to the Wall Street Journal’ “Best Summer Reads” list and featured on Good Morning America.  Her blog, Smash Fact or Fiction? has been featured in numerous publications including New York Magazine and Marie Claire.

My Book, click on the image for more info and to purchase

When not acting or writing, Sharon also speaks to young people across the country about the importance of pursuing dreams and surviving in a society that values a small waist line over individuality. She also runs  musical theater workshops for aspiring actors at both the college and high school level. Sharon serves on the advisory board of Rosie’s Theater Kids and taught at the renowned Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City.

Sharon is the proud mother of 19-year-old, Charlotte Meffe and 9-year-old Beatrix  Meffe.  She wrote a parenting column for Equity News, the Actors’ Equity Association newspaper which attracted the attention of The New York Times and they featured Sharon and her family in a story and video about a Broadway Childcare project with The Actors’ Chapel.  It can be seen here (Click on the photo on the page to watch the video).

 

5 Responses to About Sharon

  1. Mary Jo says:

    and Sharon we hope you get your wishes because you deserve it all.

  2. JBG says:

    Just saw Ms Wheatley last night in "Come From Away" at La Jolla Playhouse. Absolutely fantastic piece of theatre, with outstanding storytelling, and a tremendously talented, perfectly-cast ensemble. As a reader of the Smash blog chronicles, I am beyond thrilled that she is now in San Diego, sharing her talents and humor with us! (BTW Sharon, you've hit the jackpot if you wanted a place that has a strong theatre community with a lot of working parents and kids – we are everywhere!)

  3. I says:

    I just finished your book and I long for more! I too have had weight issues over the years and could sympathize with you throughout your story. I love theater and have performed in numerous community theater productions. I am 51 and teach special ed. Preschoolers.
    Thank you for sharing your journey to stardom, it was most inspiring.

  4. susan says:

    Read your Wedding Announcement in the NYT! This is a remarkably lovely story. Made my rainy Sunday quite sunny. Best regards. May your life be filled with laughter and surprises.

  5. Kelly youger says:

    Sharon the last thing my grandmother Mimi and I did together was see u in “come from away” at the La Jolla playhouse we just thought u were so amazing! I remember right after we saw the show we had no words for a while then we got in my car and turned to one another and said they are going to Broadway. Lol The whole cast is amazing and so wonderful. But we both just loved loved u! one of the last things my Mimi did in this life was to go with me to see you in the show. That night brought a 89 year old woman so much love & happiness!
    I can’t tell u how much I admire you for your strength, your humor I have seen many of your Viblogs. I hope u write the next chapter in your life and that u get back into blogging and videos. Keeping us all posted on the latest in the life of the amazingly talented Sharon D Wheatley. Your story’s they make me smile & laugh which make my last memories with my grandmother (Mimi) that much more special. She was like my own mother. So thank u as much for making those pass few memories with her such a beautiful one. As I said I greatly admire you!! I love your love story and your second chance at happiness with Martha. I also just finished your book from 2006 and absolutely adored it but I also relate in so many ways. I do hope you continue to blog and tell us what is going on with u. I hope to get to come see u again in “Come From Away” sending great love to you and your 3 beautiful girls!! All the best, Kelly

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