As the theatre community mourns the loss of three-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie, six Broadway houses will pay tribute to the beloved performer. The Al Hirschfeld, Broadhurst, Gershwin, Gerald Schoenfeld, St. James, and Nederlander Theatres will dim their marquees September 19 for exactly one minute, beginning at 6:45 PM.
Ms. Mazzie passed away at the age of 57 September 13 after battling ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Jason Danieley, family, and friends.
Following Broadway appearances in Big River and Into the Woods, Ms. Mazzie earned her first Tony Award nomination, in 1994, for her performance as Clara in Passion. She was subsequently nominated for memorable turns as Mother in Ragtime and as Lilli Vanessi in the 1999 revival of Kiss Me, Kate.
Her numerous additional credits included Man of La Mancha, Spamalot, Bullets Over Broadway, Next to Normal (opposite Danieley), and The King and I. Earlier this year, she appeared Off-Broadway in Fire and Smoke.
The selected theatres mark various milestones in Ms. Mazzie's life and career: the Al Hirschfeld (then the Martin Beck Theatre) was home to Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me, Kate, and Into the Woods; she appeared at the Broadhurst in Enron; Passion played the Schoenfeld (then the Plymouth Theatre); and the St. James was home to Bullets Over Broadway. She was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame at the Gershwin Theatre in 2017, and the Nederlander is currently home to Pretty Woman, in which Danieley currently appears. The production will dedicate the September 19 evening performance in her memory.
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 and Danieley frequently sang on the concert stage in tandem, and while embarking on a complicated treatment journey, the two noted that several songs they had regularly performed together, including “Not a Day Goes By” and “Move On,” had taken on new meaning.
UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 17: The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, the Lyric Theatre, and Lincoln Center Theater have joined the venues set to dim its lights for Ms. Mazzie. The Lyric was home to the original production of Ragtime (then the Ford Center for the Performing Arts), and LCT's Vivian Beamont Theater saw Ms. Mazzie's final Broadway bow, as Anna Leonowens in The King and I.