Broad­way star dead at 57

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NEW YORK — Ac­tress and so­prano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nom­i­nee known for pow­er­house Broad­way per­for­mances in Rag­time, Pas­sion and Kiss Me, Kate, has died fol­low­ing a three-year bat­tle with ovar­ian cancer. She was 57.

Mazzie died Thurs­day at her Man­hat­tan home sur­rounded by close friends and fam­ily, said her hus­band, ac­tor Ja­son Danieley. Her death was con­firmed by her pub­li­cist, Kim Cor­rero.

Tributes came from all across Broad­way, in­clud­ing Har­vey Fier­stein, who wrote, “Beau­ti­ful, brave and in­spir­ing. A glo­ri­ous voice and an even bet­ter hu­man be­ing” and Michael Urie, who called Mazzie “lu­mi­nous.” Ac­tor Daniel Dae Kim wrote: “The lights of Broad­way all shine a lit­tle dim­mer tonight.”

Mazzie’s broad ca­reer went from screw­ball com­edy – in Kiss Me, Kate and Monty Python’s Spa­malot on Broad­way and the West End – to riv­et­ing, dys­func­tional moms in Next to Nor­mal and Car­rie. She earned other Broad­way roles in Man of La Man­cha, Bul­lets Over Broad­way, En­ron and Into the Woods.

She found out about her cancer di­ag­no­sis on the open­ing day of a con­cert pro­duc­tion of Zorba! in May 2015 and re­fused to pull out. In one song, she sang: “Life is what you do while you’re wait­ing to die.”

Mazzie later un­der­went a hys­terec­tomy, a bowel re­sec­tion be­cause the cancer had spread and weeks of chemo­ther­apy. She re­turned to Broad­way a year later, re­plac­ing Kelli O’Hara in The King and I.

“It’s very emo­tional for me,” she told The As­so­ci­ated Press in 2016. “I’m so anx­ious and ex­cited and thrilled to be able to bring, in essence, a new me back to the stage with what’s gone on in my life.”

The New York Times said Mazzie brought “a touch of brass” to the role of English school­teacher Anna Leonowens. It praised her for a “husky quiet­ness, and you hear the frag­ile heart beat­ing be­neath the stal­wartly corseted form.”

Mazzie was born and raised in Rock­ford, Illi­nois, in a home of­ten filled with show tunes and orig­i­nal cast record­ings. She at­tended Western Michi­gan Uni­ver­sity in Kala­ma­zoo to study theatre, and her first job was in a mu­si­cal at a din­ner theatre in her home­town.

Mazzie made her New York stage de­but in the 1983 re­vival of Frank Loesser’s mu­si­cal, Where’s Charley? Her big break came play­ing Beth in Mer­rily We Roll Along at the La Jolla Play­house in Cal­i­for­nia in 1985, the first pro­duc­tion out­side New York.

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