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Friday, September 14, 2018

Remembering Marin Mazzie 1960 - 2018

I was lucky enough to see actress Marin Mazzie in four stage productions - John Logan's Riverview: A Melodrama with Music at Chicago's Goodman Theatre (1992), the national tour of The World Goes 'Round: The Kander & Ebb Musical (1993) and the Broadway musicals, Passion (1994) and Ragtime (1998). She received Tony Award nominations for the latter two as well as for the 1999 Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Other stage appearances include Big River (1985), Into the Woods (1989), Man of La Mancha (2003), Spamalot (2006), Enron (2010), Next to Normal (2010), Carrie (2012), Bullets Over Broadway (2014) and The King and I (2016).

Mazzie, who died Thursday at age 57, was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2017. She is survived by her husband, actor Jason Danieley, whom she married in 1997.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate her life and career.

She and Jere Shea performed "Happiness" from Passion on ABC's Good Morning America on May 8, 1994. The musical was also filmed for PBS's American Playhouse shortly after its Broadway closing in January 1995.

She performed "Back to Before" in Ragtime in 1998.

She and Peter Friedman performed "Our Children" from Ragtime on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on May 28, 1998.

She gave a backstage tour of Ragtime on The Rosie O'Donnell Show in 1998.

She performed with Audra McDonald and Judy Kuhn at the Carnegie Hall concert, My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies, on September 28, 1998.

She performed "Someday My Prince Will Come" on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on October 30, 1998.

She performed "I Hate Men" from Kiss Me, Kate on CBS's The Early Show in 1999.

She and Brian Stokes Mitchell performed "So in Love" from Kiss Me, Kate on The Rosie O'Donnell Show in 2000.

She performed Kander & Ebb's "Ring Them Bells" at First You Dream: A Tribute to Courage on June 12, 2000.

She performed with Donna Murphy and Karen Ziemba in a tribute to Angela Lansbury on the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2000.

On May 10, 2003, she performed with John Barrowman,  Faith Prince and the Boston Pops in A Tribute to Jerry Herman, which was filmed for PBS's Evening at Pops series.

She performed with Douglas Sills, Jo Anne Worley and Christopher Sieber in an Actors' Fund concert of On the Twentieth Century on September 26, 2005.

She answered questions on's Ask a Star during her 2006-08 appearance in Spamalot.

In March 2010, she performed "Losing My Mind" from Follies and "We're Gonna Be Alright" from Do I Hear a Waltz? (with husband Jason Danieley) during Sondheim! The Birthday Concert at Lincoln Center.

In February 2012, she discussed the Off-Broadway production of Carrie on Show People with Paul Wontorek.

On February 6, 2013, she performed with Chita Rivera in Ring Them Bells! Rob Fisher Celebrates Kander & Ebb, which was filmed for PBS.

She performed at the 27th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition in April 2013.

She performed "They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Me" in Bullets Over Broadway in 2014.

She was a guest on Seth Rudetsky's OBSESSED! in 2014.

She performed "Life Is" in the May 2015 City Center Encores! production of Zorba!

She answered questions on's Ask a Star during her 2016 appearance in The King and I.

She performed Kander & Ebb's "And the World Goes 'Round" (with a new arrangement by Joseph Thalken) at the Nothing Like a Dame 20th anniversary concert on October 24, 2016 (during which she received the first Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative "Dame" Award).

She and husband Jason Danieley performed "Opposite You" from The Glorious Ones during their 2017 show, Broadway & Beyond, at Feinstein's/54 Below.

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