Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Ode to Marin

 Marin Mazzie
landed in NYC in 1982, fresh from Western Michigan University.
Her first musical was in an Equity Library production 
of Where's Charley?
And The World Goes 'Round, Passion, Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, Kismet,
and other Tony nominated performances followed.
 Above, Marin as Helen Sinclair in
Bullets Over Broadway.

 Marin met Jason Danieley while performing 
in Trojan Women: A Love Story, in 1996.
They would later sing together in cabaret acts.
  In fact they were to unveil a new act,“Heart to Heart,” 
at Feinstein’s/54 Below in June, 
but had to cancel because of Marin's declining health.

 Above in Bullets with Zach Braff,
and below in Kiss Me, Kate.
Said Ben Brantley of her performance in the later,
“Her outlandishly entertaining take on that 
great exercise in animosity, ‘I Hate Men,’ 
which here includes a vivid simulation of giving birth, 
goes over the top, for sure,
but it doesn’t go out of control. 
And when Ms. Mazzie needs to switch to a lyric sincerity, 
for ‘So in Love’, her soprano shimmers like polished silver.”

 With her Kate co-star,
Brian Stokes Mitchell,
in Kismet.

 Misia, yet to be produced on Broadway,
but done in concert with Marin in the title role.
Previously unpublished songs of Vernon Duke,
knitted together by Barry Singer.
We'll hear "My Heart And I".

 As Clara in Sondheim's Passion, 1994,
opposite Jere Shea.
A breakthrough role for Marin, and a Tony nod.

 As part of the 2010 celebration of 
Stephen Sondheim's birthday, with
Laura Benanti, Chip Zien, Johanna Gleason, Jason Danieley,
Marin, Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters
(among others!).
 Marin even took a turn as The Lady Of The Lake
in Spamalot.

 In May of 2016,
Marin replaced Kelli O'Hara in the Lincoln Center revival of
The King And I,
with Daniel Dae Kim as the King. 

 Marin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer
in 2015.
She passed away on September 13, 2018,
only 57 years old.

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