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Marin Mazzie Dies: Broadway Star of Passion, Ragtime
September 13, 2018 1:24pm
Broadway actress and three-time Tony
nominee Marin Mazzie died this morning in New
York. She was 57.
was announced by her husband, actor Jason Danieley. Mazzie had been fighting
ovarian cancer since her diagnosis three years ago.
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. ?This is absolutely devastating,? tweeted Patti
Murin of Frozen. ?What a bright, shining light she was??
brave and inspiring,? wrote Harvey Fierstein. ?A glorious voice and an even
better human being??
made her Broadway debut in 1985 in the Huckleberry Finn musical Big
River. She earned her first Tony nomination nine years later for her
performance as Clara in Passion, and her second in 1998 as Mother in
Ragtime. Her starring role in 1999?s Kiss Me, Kate brought her third
stage credits include 2002?s Man of La Mancha (which reteamed her with
Ragtime?s Brian Stokes Mitchell), Spamalot, Next to Normal, Off Broadway?s
revival of Carrie and, just this year and also Off Broadway, Terrence
McNally?s Fire and Air.
was inducted into New York?s Theater Hall of Fame last year. She met
Danieley when both appeared in the Off Broadway 1996 production Trojan Women: A
Love Story. They married the following year, and later would perform in concert
actress is survived by Danieley, her mother and a brother.
I first met Marin
Mazzie in the ladies room of the Hilton Hotel during the 1995 Drama Desk awards.
I lavished her
companion, Donna Murphy, with compliments on her performance in Passion. To be
polite I asked the woman with her if she were connected to theater. You can
imagine my embarrassment when I learned who she was.
I must have
experienced a Sapphic moment, shocked and mesmerized when Mazzie, appeared
partially nude onstage. She was perfection. And so, like so many others, I paid
little attention to her face
But I did
pay attention after that to all her roles and most recently saw her in a
concert in Carnegie Hall, shocked by her beauty and vitality into believing she
was better. Alas! Now she is gone ? yet another shock.