|Born||Marin Joy Mazzie
October 9, 1960
Rockford, Illinois, United States
|Spouse(s)||Jason Danieley (1997–present)|
Marin Joy Mazzie (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.
Mazzie was born in Rockford, Illinois and graduated from Western Michigan University, where she received degrees in theater and music. 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.
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". 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. 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. 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.
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."
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. She 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 16, 2011.
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 appeared as Helen Sinclair in the Woody Allen/Susan Stroman musical Bullets Over Broadway:The Musical, which ran on Broadway from April to August 2014.
Stage appearances (selected)
- Note: Broadway unless noted
- Big River (1985): Mary Jane Wilkes (replacement)
- Into the Woods (1987): Rapunzel (replacement)
- Passion (1994): Clara (original)
- Out of This World (Encores! staged concert) (1995): Helen
- Ragtime (1998): Mother (original)
- Kiss Me, Kate (revival) (1999): Lilli Vanessi/Katharine
- Man of La Mancha (revival) (2002): Aldonza (Dulcinea) (replacement)
- 110 in the Shade (Revival, Los Angeles) (2004): Lizzie Curry
- Brigadoon (Revival, Los Angeles) (2004): Fiona MacLaren
- Spamalot (2006-2008): The Lady of the Lake (replacement)
- Camelot (New York Philharmonic staged concert) (2008): Guenevere
- ENRON (2010): Claudia Roe (original)
- Next to Normal (2010): Diana Goodman (replacement)
- Carrie (revival) (2012): Margaret White
- Bullets Over Broadway (original) (2014): Helen Sinclair
- The King and I (revival) (2016): Anna Leonowens (replacement)
Concerts, TV and recordings
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.
Mazzie and her husband performed at the Bay Area Cabaret (San Francisco) season on October 23, 2005, performing their "Opposite You" program. In November 2005 they released an album, Opposite You (P.S. Classics label), consisting of songs sung in their cabaret program.
Awards and nominations
- Middle name is Joy per profile at Intelius
- Three outstanding grads named Western Michigan University Distinguished Alumni" wmich.edu, September 27, 2000
- "2000 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient," Western Michigan University, accessed July 20, 2009
- Buehler, Pati."An Interview with Broadway's Jason Danieley & Marin Mazzie"
- Wilson, John."Review: Charles Abbott in 'Where's Charley?'" The New York Times, March 16, 1983
- Henry, William A. III.Miserably Ever After," time.com, May. 23, 1994
- Shenton, Mark.Review:'Kiss Me Kate'", whatsonstage.com, October 31, 2001
- Rooney, David. "Review: Kismet", Variety, February 10, 2006
- Jones, Kenneth.Marin Mazzie Joins Cast of Broadway's Enron playbill.com, March 2, 2010
- "Married Couple Mazzie & Danieley Take Over in 'Next To Normal' 7/19" broadwayworld.com, June 3, 2010
- Hetrick, Adam. "Exclusive: Marin Mazzie Will Succeed Kelli O'Hara in Broadway's 'King and I'" playbill.com, February 16, 2016
- Holden, Stephen.Theatre Review:A Frothy Cole Porter Rarity Makes a Case for Erotic FantasyThe New York Times, April 1, 1995
- Perlmutter, Sharon.110 in the Shade Review talkinbroadway.com, July 4, 2004
- Perlmutter, Sharon.Brigadoon Review talkinbroadway.com, August 21, 2004
- "Marin Mazzie Credits on Broadway," ibdb.com
- Gans, Andrew."Danieley to Join Mazzie and Prince to Reprise Jerry Herman Tribute" playbill.com, August 7, 2003
- Gans, Andrew."Mazzie, Danieley, de Haas and Mason Set for Bay Area Cabaret Season" playbill.com, September 20, 2005
- Mazzie website marinmazzie.com
- Suskin, Steven."Mazzie and Danieley's "Opposite You" and Virtue in Danger," playbill.com, November 13, 2005
- Fitzgerald, T. J. "Mazzie and Danieley Making Beautiful Music at Feinstein's", BroadwayWorld.com, March 27, 2009
- Brantley, Ben."Theatre Review:An Epic War Resolved With a Gershwin Ditty,"The New York Times, July 3, 1996