Marin Mazzie

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Marin Mazzie
Born Marin Joy Mazzie
(1960-10-09) October 9, 1960 (age 53)
Rockford, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Jason Danieley (1997–present)
Website
Official website

Marin Joy Mazzie[1] (born October 9, 1960) is an American actress and singer known for her work in musical theater. She was nominated for the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Olivier Award for her role as Lilli/Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award. In addition to appearing in many musical stage productions, Mazzie also performs in concert with her husband, Jason Danieley.

Early life[edit]

Mazzie was born in Rockford, Illinois and graduated from Western Michigan University, where she received degrees in theater and music.[2] With an early interest in the theatre, Mazzie began to perform and sing in church choir at the age of 8 and to study voice at the age of 12. She continued to act in school and at college and in summer stock, where she was an apprentice at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan.[3][4]

Career[edit]

After graduating from college in 1982, Mazzie moved to New York City and made her New York stage debut in a 1983 Equity Library Theatre revival of the 1948 musical Where's Charley? as "Kitty Verdun".[5] She appeared in the 1991 off-Broadway Kander and Ebb revue And The World Goes 'Round and the subsequent 10-month national tour the following year. She went on to play starring roles in over a half dozen Broadway shows and also developed a cabaret act and made appearances in television.

In 1994 Mazzie created the role of Clara in the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion. This production was notable for its opening scene in which she was nude, in bed with co-star Jere Shea.[6] In 1998 Mazzie was nominated for a Tony Award for the role of Mother in the original production of Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flahrety's musical, Ragtime.[7] She played the dual roles of Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in the 1999 revival of Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway, and then transferred to the West End production in 2001.[8]

In the 2006 Encores! presentation of Kismet at City Center, the Variety reviewer wrote: "Mazzie steals the comic thunder with a delicious turn as the glamorous Slut of the Casbah (Lalume), lewdly checking out the tasty man-slaves and happily playing along with Hajj's trickery, simply because he's hot. Looking dynamite in a flashy gold Donatella-goes-Mesopotamian number and a soufflé of blond curls, Mazzie's campy delivery of "Not Since Nineveh" and the beyond-jaded "Bored" succeeds in briefly raising the temperature of the otherwise tepid brew."[9]

In May 2008 she appeared as Guenevere opposite Gabriel Byrne as King Arthur and Nathan Gunn as Lancelot in the New York Philharmonic staged concert presentation of Lerner & Loewe's Camelot, directed by Lonny Price. The May 8, 2008 performance of this production was broadcast nationally on Live from Lincoln Center on PBS.

Mazzie appeared in the drama ENRON, opening on Broadway in April 2010, as corporate vice president Claudia Roe.[10] She recently replaced Alice Ripley as Diana in Next to Normal on July 19, 2010 opposite her real-life husband Jason Danieley as Dan. They stayed with the show until the Broadway Production closed on January 16th, 2011. [11]

On November 20, 2009 Mazzie performed in a reading of a re-worked version of the 1988 Broadway flop Carrie as Margaret White. She stayed with the production which opened Off-Broadway on March 1, 2012 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Mazzie is currently appearing as Helen Sinclair in the new Woody Allen/Susan Stroman musical Bullets Over Broadway:The Musical, which opened on Broadway in April 2014.

Stage appearances (selected)[edit]

Note: Broadway unless noted

Concerts, TV and recordings[edit]

Mazzie has also appeared on television. In the sitcom Still Standing, Mazzie and Kevin Nealon played an antagonistic neighbor couple in recurring roles.

She regularly performs in cabaret and concerts. For example, she and her husband, Jason Danieley, along with Faith Prince, performed a concert as a tribute to Jerry Herman in October–November 2003 in Utah with the Utah Symphony. This was similar to the Herman tribute Mazzie performed with the Boston Pops in May 2003.[16]

Mazzie and her husband performed at the Bay Area Cabaret (San Francisco) season on October 23, 2005, performing their "Opposite You" program.[17] In November 2005 they released an album, Opposite You (P.S. Classics label), consisting of songs sung in their cabaret program.[18][19]

Personal[edit]

She is married to fellow Broadway actor Jason Danieley, whom she met in 1996 in a play that they performed together, Trojan Women: A Love Story.[20][21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
1994 Tony Award Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Passion Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
1998 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Ragtime Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2000 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Kiss Me, Kate Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
2002 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical Nominated
2010 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance ENRON Nominated
2012 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Carrie Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Featured Actress Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Middle name is Joy per profile at Intelius
  2. ^ Three outstanding grads named Western Michigan University Distinguished Alumni" wmich.edu, September 27, 2000
  3. ^ "2000 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient," Western Michigan University, accessed July 20, 2009
  4. ^ Buehler, Pati."An Interview with Broadway's Jason Danieley & Marin Mazzie"
  5. ^ Wilson, John."Review: Charles Abbott in 'Where's Charley?'" The New York Times, March 16, 1983
  6. ^ Henry, William A. III.Miserably Ever After," time.com, May. 23, 1994
  7. ^ www.broadwaymusicalhome.com
  8. ^ Shenton, Mark.Review:'Kiss Me Kate'", whatsonstage.com, October 31, 2001
  9. ^ Rooney, David. "Review: Kismet", Variety, February 10, 2006
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth.Marin Mazzie Joins Cast of Broadway's Enron playbill.com, March 2, 2010
  11. ^ "Married Couple Mazzie & Danieley Take Over in 'Next To Normal' 7/19" broadwayworld.com, June 3, 2010
  12. ^ Holden, Stephen.Theatre Review:A Frothy Cole Porter Rarity Makes a Case for Erotic FantasyThe New York Times, April 1, 1995
  13. ^ Perlmutter, Sharon.110 in the Shade Review talkinbroadway.com, July 4, 2004
  14. ^ Perlmutter, Sharon.Brigadoon Review talkinbroadway.com, August 21, 2004
  15. ^ "Marin Mazzie Credits on Broadway," ibdb.com
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew."Danieley to Join Mazzie and Prince to Reprise Jerry Herman Tribute" playbill.com, August 7, 2003
  17. ^ Gans, Andrew."Mazzie, Danieley, de Haas and Mason Set for Bay Area Cabaret Season" playbill.com, September 20, 2005
  18. ^ Mazzie website marinmazzie.com
  19. ^ Suskin, Steven."Mazzie and Danieley's "Opposite You" and Virtue in Danger," playbill.com, November 13, 2005
  20. ^ Fitzgerald, T. J. "Mazzie and Danieley Making Beautiful Music at Feinstein's", BroadwayWorld.com, March 27, 2009
  21. ^ Brantley, Ben."Theatre Review:An Epic War Resolved With a Gershwin Ditty,"The New York Times, July 3, 1996

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