Broadway and West End star Marin Mazzie dies at age 57 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer

Sad: actress and soprano Marin Mazzie died after a three-year battle against ovarian cancer. She was 57 years old

Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie died after a three-year battle against ovarian cancer. She was 57 years old.

She was three times nominated for the Tony Award, known for her Broadway performances on Ragtime, "Passion and Kiss Me, Kate."

Mazzie died Thursday in her home in Manhattan surrounded by friends and close family, said her husband, actor Jason Danieley.

Sad: actress and soprano Marin Mazzie died after a three-year battle against ovarian cancer. She was 57 years old

Sad: actress and soprano Marin Mazzie died after a three-year battle against ovarian cancer. She was 57 years old

His death was confirmed by his publicist, Kim Correro.

Homages came from all over Broadway, including Harvey Fierstein, who wrote: "Beautiful, brave and inspiring, a glorious voice and an even better human being." Michael Urie, called Mazzie & # 39; luminous & # 39;

Actor Daniel Dae Kim wrote: & # 39; The Broadway lights will shine a little more tonight & # 39;

Talent: She was nominated three times to the Tony Award for her Broadway performances in Ragtime, & # 39; Passion and Kiss Me, Kate & # 39;

Talent: She was nominated three times to the Tony Award for her Broadway performances in Ragtime, & # 39; Passion and Kiss Me, Kate & # 39;

Talent: She was nominated three times to the Tony Award for her Broadway performances in Ragtime, & # 39; Passion and Kiss Me, Kate & # 39;

Mazzie's extensive career went from the screwball comedy (in Kiss Me, Kate and Monty Python's Spamalot on Broadway and West End) to the fascinating and dysfunctional moms in Next to Normal and Carrie. He obtained other Broadway roles in "Man of La Mancha", "Bullets Over Broadway", "Enron" and "Into the Woods".

He learned about his cancer diagnosis on the opening day of the production of a Zorba concert! in May 2015 and refused to withdraw. In one song, she sang: & # 39; Life is what you do while you wait to die & # 39;

Mazzie then underwent a hysterectomy, an intestinal resection because the cancer had spread and weeks of chemotherapy. He returned to Broadway a year later, replacing Kelli O & # 39; Hara in The King and I.

"It's very emotional for me," he told The Associated Press in 2016. "I'm so anxious, excited and excited to be able to bring, in essence, a new me to the stage with what happened in my life. & # 39;

Bright Star: Mazzie died Thursday in her Manhattan home surrounded by friends and family, said her husband, actor Jason Danieley.

Bright Star: Mazzie died Thursday in her Manhattan home surrounded by friends and family, said her husband, actor Jason Danieley.

Bright Star: Mazzie died Thursday in her Manhattan home surrounded by friends and family, said her husband, actor Jason Danieley.

The New York Times said Mazzie brought "a touch of bronze" to the role of English school teacher Anna Leonowens. He praised her for her "hoarse stillness," and you hear the fragile heart beating under the forcibly enforced form.

Mazzie was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, in a home often full of entertainment tunes and original recordings. He attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to study theater, and his first job was in a musical at a theater in his hometown.

A key moment in her life happened when she was 8 years old and saw a touring company of Carousel starring John Raitt. In the second act, Rockford fell into a blackout and the actors needed flashlights to finish the show.

After it was over, Raitt went out and sang for the audience until it was considered safe for everyone to go home. He sang for 45 minutes. "I'll never forget that moment," Mazzie told in Making It on Broadway, a book of Broadway stories. "For me, that was the magic of the theater, every night is different Every audience is different, I love magic."

Mazzie made her debut on the New York stage in the 1983 revival of Frank Loesser's musical, Where's Charley? Her great opportunity was to play Beth in Merrily We Roll Along at La Jolla Playhouse in California in 1985, the first production outside of New York. The artistic director of La Jolla, Des McAnuff, later took her to Big River, on Broadway, to debut on the Great White Road.

She would work three times on Broadway with Brian Stokes Mitchell – Ragtime, & Kiss Me, Kate & Man of La Mancha & # 39; (They would also work off Broadway in a concert version of Kismet). One of his most proud achievements was to originate a Stephen Sondheim role: Clara in the 1994 Passion.

Play: Tributes from all over Broadway, including Harvey Fierstein, who wrote: "Beautiful, brave and inspiring, a glorious voice and an even better human being." Michael Urie, called Mazzie & # 39;

Play: Tributes from all over Broadway, including Harvey Fierstein, who wrote: "Beautiful, brave and inspiring, a glorious voice and an even better human being." Michael Urie, called Mazzie & # 39;

Play: Tributes from all over Broadway, including Harvey Fierstein, who wrote: "Beautiful, brave and inspiring, a glorious voice and an even better human being." Michael Urie, called Mazzie & # 39;

When Kiss Me, Kate opened on Broadway in 1999, Variety said "her pure and versatile soprano is Mazzie's most wonderful attribute." When the show went to London, the Variety reviewer said Mazzie was "blessed with a mouth that looks like it could devour the entire Victoria Palace."

Mazzie was also a singer frequently hired at concerts across the country, playing at Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and with Boston Pops, New York Pops and the New York Philharmonic. Her off-Broadway credits include Carrie and White Rabbit Red Rabbit. She released the live album Marin Mazzie: Make Your Own Kind of Music in 2015.

She met her husband, Danieley, in 1996 at the defunct theater company En Garde Arts while working on Trojan Women: A Love Story. They often took their love affair on stage, brought out an album of duets, Opposite You, in 2005 and appeared together in the autobiographical cabaret show He Said / She Said. Mazzie and Danieley also starred in the Los Angeles productions of Brigadoon and a Pasadena production of 110 in The Shade.

On television, Mazzie appeared in Without a Trace, Still Standing, Nurse Jackie, The Big C and Smash. Her off-Broadway roles included a resurgence of the musical Carrie, in which The New York Times said it "brings unexpected emotional delicacy into the numbers of her character."

He is also survived by his mother, Donna Mazzie, and his brother, Mark Mazzie.

Important attention: in this file photo of April 10, 2014, the actor Marin Mazzie on stage during the curtain of the opening night of Bullets Over Broadway in New York

Important attention: in this file photo of April 10, 2014, the actor Marin Mazzie on stage during the curtain of the opening night of Bullets Over Broadway in New York

Important attention: in this file photo of April 10, 2014, the actor Marin Mazzie on stage during the curtain of the opening night of Bullets Over Broadway in New York

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