(2016) Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie at the after party for Nothing Like a
Dame benefit. (Photo: Shutterstock)
The theater community has lost one of its greats with the passing of Marin Mazzie today. The 57-year-old actress was diagnosed in 2015 with ovarian cancer and spoke openly of her battle.
Ms. Mazzie’s Broadway career spanned more than 30 years, including three Tony Award nominations for her roles in Passion, Ragtime, and Kiss Me, Kate. She even lit up less critically acclaimed productions delivering “spot-on humor and big vocals” in the short-lived Bullets Over Broadway. Ms. Mazzie also performed in concerts with some of Broadway’s best, including an 80th birthday tribute to Stephen Sondheim at Lincoln Center, and last year as the headliner for Hampton Arts’ 30th Anniversary Gala.
Quoted in the New York Times, Ms. Mazzie once said, “I always wanted to move to New York and be on Broadway even before I had really been here. I didn’t know what either of those things meant, but that’s what I wanted.”
She was hired on the spot for Passion, having matured from the young theater major from Western Michigan University. Acknowledging a career spanning more than 30 years, she was a recent inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame.
She is survived by her husband, actor Jason Danieley, as well as her mother and brother, Mark.