All Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights September 19 to pay tribute to Marin Mazzie, who passed away September 13 at the age of 57. The decision follows the initial announcement that only six theatres—including four that were home to some of the Tony nominee's myriad memorable performances—would take part in the theatre district tradition.
After the September 14 report that the Al Hirschfeld, Broadhurst, Gershwin, Gerald Schoenfeld, St. James, and Nederlander Theatres would dim their lights, the Samuel J. Friedman and Lyric Theatres, as well as Lincoln Center Theater, announced they would follow suit.
The reversal from the Committee of Theatre Owners is due to "community support," according to the Broadway League, as many members of the theatre world (including those who had shared the stage with Ms. Mazzie) voiced their concern that a dimming of only part of the theatre district would not sufficiently pay respect to her life and career.
Ms. Mazzie earned Tony nominations for her performances in Passion, Ragtime, and Kiss Me, Kate. Her numerous additional credits included Broadway's Big River, Into the Woods, Man of La Mancha, Spamalot, Enron, Bullets Over Broadway, Next to Normal (opposite her husband, Jason Danieley), and, most recently, The King and I.
In May 2015, Ms. Mazzie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She continued to perform, including that very month in Encores!’ Zorba! at New York City Center. She proceeded to share her story and difficult road through treatment on the concert stage, oftentimes alongside Danieley.