Marin Mazzie Dies: Broadway and West Finish Star Was 57


Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie died Thursday after a three-year battle with ovarian most cancers. The three-time Tony Award nominee recognized for powerhouse Broadway performances in “Ragtime,” ”Ardour” and “Kiss Me, Kate” was 57.

Mazzie died at her Manhattan dwelling surrounded by shut family and friends, stated her husband, actor Jason Danieley. Her dying was confirmed by her publicist, Kim Correro.

Tributes got here from all throughout Broadway, together with Harvey Fierstein, who wrote, “Lovely, courageous and provoking. A wonderful voice and a good higher human being” and Michael Urie, who referred to as Mazzie “luminous.” Actor Daniel Dae Kim wrote: “The lights of Broadway all shine a bit of dimmer tonight.”

Mazzie’s broad profession went from screwball comedy — in “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot” on Broadway and the West Finish — to riveting, dysfunctional mothers in “Subsequent to Regular” and “Carrie.” She earned different Broadway roles in “Man of La Mancha,” ”Bullets Over Broadway,” ”Enron” and “Into the Woods.”

She discovered about her most cancers prognosis on the opening day of a live performance manufacturing of “Zorba!” in Could 2015 and refused to tug out. In a single track, she sang: “Life is what you do whilst you’re ready to die.”

Mazzie later underwent a hysterectomy, a bowel resection as a result of the most cancers had unfold and weeks of chemotherapy. She returned to Broadway a 12 months later, changing Kelli O’Hara in “The King and I.”

“It’s extremely emotional for me,” she advised The Related Press in 2016. “I am so anxious and excited and thrilled to have the ability to deliver, in essence, a brand new me again to the stage with what’s gone on in my life.”

The New York Instances stated Mazzie introduced “a contact of brass” to the position of English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. It praised her for a “husky quietness, and also you hear the delicate coronary heart beating beneath the stalwartly corseted kind.”

Mazzie was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, in a house typically full of present tunes and unique forged recordings. She attended Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo to check theater, and her first job was in a musical at a dinner theater in her hometown.

A key second in her life occurred when she was eight years outdated and noticed a touring firm of “Carousel” starring John Raitt. Within the second act, Rockford was plunged right into a blackout and the actors wanted flashlights to complete the present.

After it ended, Raitt got here out and sang for the viewers till it was deemed protected for everybody to go dwelling. He sang for 45 minutes. “I’ll always remember that second,” Mazzie recounted in “Making It on Broadway,” a ebook of Broadway tales. “To me, that was the magic of theater. Each evening is completely different. Each viewers is completely different. I simply love the magic.”

Mazzie made her New York stage debut within the 1983 revival of Frank Loesser’s musical, “The place’s Charley?” Her massive break got here taking part in Beth in “Merrily We Roll Alongside” on the La Jolla Playhouse in California in 1985, the primary manufacturing exterior New York. La Jolla inventive director Des McAnuff later put her into “Large River” on Broadway, marking her debut on the Nice White Method.

She would work thrice on Broadway with Brian Stokes Mitchell — “Ragtime,” ”Kiss Me, Kate” and “Man of La Mancha.” (They’d additionally work off-Broadway in a live performance model of “Kismet.”) One in every of her proudest accomplishments was originating a Stephen Sondheim position — Clara in 1994’s “Ardour.”

When “Kiss Me, Kate” opened on Broadway in 1999, Selection stated “her pure and versatile soprano is Mazzie’s most marvelous attribute. When the present went to London, the Selection reviewer there stated Mazzie was “blessed with a mouth that appears as if it may devour the Victoria Palace complete.”

Mazzie was additionally a often booked singer at live shows throughout the nation, taking part in Carnegie Corridor, the Hollywood Bowl and with the Boston Pops, New York Pops and the New York Philharmonic. Her off-Broadway credit embody “Carrie” and “White Rabbit Purple Rabbit.” She launched the reside album “Marin Mazzie: Make Your Personal Type of Music” in 2015.

She met her husband, Danieley, in 1996 on the now-defunct theater firm En Garde Arts whereas engaged on “Trojan Girls: A Love Story.” They often took their love affair onstage, put out an album of duets, “Reverse You,” in 2005 and appeared collectively within the autobiographical cabaret present “He Stated/She Stated.” Mazzie and Danieley additionally starred in Los Angeles productions of “Brigadoon” and a Pasadena manufacturing of “110 within the Shade.”

On TV, Mazzie appeared in “With out a Hint,” ”Nonetheless Standing,” ”Nurse Jackie,” ”The Large C” and “Smash.” Her off-Broadway roles included a revival of the musical “Carrie,” by which The New York Instances stated she “brings out an surprising emotional delicacy in her character’s numbers.”

She is also survived by her mom, Donna Mazzie, and brother, Mark Mazzie.

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