Marin Mazzie Dead - Broadway Star Dies at 57 | Marin Mazzie, RIP

Lewis Collier
September 14, 2018

The actress and soprano was born and raised in Rockford, Ill., and attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to study theater. She made her NY stage debut in the 1983 revival of Where's Charley? and first rose to prominence as Beth in Merrily We Roll Along at California's La Jolla Playhouse in 1985.

She and her husband, Jason Danieley, also served as honorary chairs of the Coronado Performing Arts Center Restoration Project. Her starring role in 1999's Kiss Me, Kate brought her third nomination.

Mazzie is survived by her mother Donna Mazzie, brother Mark Mazzie and her husband. This performance earned her a second Tony nomination.

Lauded for her unforgettable performances in Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate and, perhaps most of all, Stephen Sondheim's 1994 musical Passion, Mazzie was mourned today by Broadway. That led to her Broadway debut in Big River. She also performed as a Broadway replacement in Into the Woods.

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Her Off-Broadway appearances comprised the revival of CARRIE (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations) as well as THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, THE TROJAN WOMEN: A LOVE STORY, and THE WORLD GOES ROUND (also National Tour). Ms. Mazzie subsequently replaced Tony victor Sara Ramirez as The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, and replaced Tony victor Alice Ripley in the lead role of Diana in the musical Next to Normal, about a woman and her family coming to grips with mental illness, at last sharing the Broadway stage with Danieley, who stepped into the role of Dan. They released Opposite You, an album of duets, in 2005, and wrote an autobiographical cabaret show titled He Said/She Said.

On TV, Mazzie had a recurring role as Kathy Halverson in the CBS sitcom Still Standing (2003-2006). After a year, she returned to Broadway to replace Kelli O'Hara in "The King and I".

The statement continues, "Over that time, while fighting her own fight, she took it upon herself to help spread awareness of Ovarian Cancer and to help find an early detection for the disease, of which, currently, there is none".

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