Beloved theatre veteran Marin Mazzie died at age 57 on September 13 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer.
She made her Broadway debut in Big River, playing Mary Jane Wilkes, but came to stardom (and earned her first Tony nomination) as Clara in Stephen Sondheim’s 1994 musical Passion. She received subsequent nominations in 1998, when she originated the role of "Mother" in the Ahrens and Flaherty musical Ragtime (co-starring with Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Peter Friedman), and again for the 1999 revival of Kiss Me, Kate, paired once more with Mitchell.
Ms. Mazzie's credits also included star turns in Spamalot, Man of La Mancha, and Bullets Over Broadway, as well as Broadway's Next to Normal, in which she shared the stage with her husband, Jason Danieley.
The Broadway community has taken to social media to share their memories, gratitude, and thoughts.
Rest Magnificent Marin. You were a wonder. ���� https://t.co/nq6asxOXa8
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) September 13, 2018
Beloved Marin.Thank you for inspiring w/your beauty,unmatchable talent, truth, joy, grace, grit,advocacy,humor,kindness, friendship, love &oh my God what LIGHT!Blessed to hav shared your https://t.co/FAexnKsuw9 live on in every life you touched. Holding Jason & fam in my❤️���� https://t.co/JcONTXc8No
Grateful to @leslieodomjr for snapping these pics & sending them to me last night
I made it a point never to miss Marin in anything (her Next to Normal performance with Daniel, my god), it meant the world when they came to see us.
What a light, how lucky we were pic.twitter.com/4uVEP3tUsC
Beautiful, brave and inspiring. A glorious voice and an even better human being. Have any doubts? Just look at the love she inspires in her husband, Jason Danieley. A loss for us all. Marin Mazzie, Star of Ragtime and Passion, Dies at 57 https://t.co/hM2PlZkEIA
What an icon and absolute class act. This woman was one of a kind and beautiful and our community will miss her so dearly. RIP sweet Marin. ❤️�� https://t.co/Df2LTYyrwx
I used put on my cd of Passion or Ragtime to sing along with her. I wanted to sound just like her. That blend of warmth and strength and soul. She was a light to all and we are so lucky to have known her for the time that we did. Love to you Marin. A beautiful inspiration. ������ pic.twitter.com/8CrLIcbpkP
She will FOREVER remain a wonder. �� https://t.co/xvO5rjaIpS
What an angel she was/is. RIP sweet Marin. https://t.co/y17hYeroOd
— Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) September 13, 2018
There was a time...when #MarinMazzie was a present light and force on our stages!
We can never go back to before.
I’m grateful to her for her advice, her grace, the lessons, her voice, and the strength that allowed her to fight on and off the stage.
My heart is sad. https://t.co/evEb9w3Dgq
💔Never met a more courageous inspiring unselfish soul than @MarinMazzie Her smile could light up an entire theater, her laughter was liquid gold, and that voice that channeled the gods. For everything you gave us Marin, thank you. I miss you already and forever.
This is such a devastating loss. Marin was one of a kind. A deeply kind and companionate person. A magnificent and generous performer. She will be missed by everyone who knew her and those who had the privilege of watching her on stage. Jason my heart is with you. 🌻🌻💔 https://t.co/3GCaHXjEmD
To watch @MarinMazzie work was like watching a masterclass on how to be a leading lady. She was kind, hard-working, dignified, and respectful of others always. A real pro. She taught me so much! I loved & admired her. 1/2
— Carmen Cusack (@carmen_cusack) September 13, 2018
To have worked with her was an honor, a privilege. @JasonDanieley , you are so loved & I am truly sorry. You both inspire us all to be better. We are here for you. Marin, RIP beautiful queen. 2/2
— Carmen Cusack (@carmen_cusack) September 13, 2018
���� Rest In Peace and Power elegant lady. Thank you for your contribution to our community and the world of theatre. https://t.co/88gUb5S2V4
— Max von Essen (@MaxizPad) September 13, 2018
Love. Nothing but love, respect, and admiration for our friend Marin. One of the best. She will always be awesome. And love to her awesome partner in crime @JasonDanieley and their family �� https://t.co/B46uVSKcCW
Gutted to hear this news. Marin was loved by everyone in our community. She was so so special. So grateful to have known her. Constantly amazed by her talent, strength, and grace. https://t.co/UNu7JXRb2J
#MarinMazzie a sad day. The world and it stages have lost a fierce one today!! Rest In Peace you super hero. Xx
This is absolutely devastating. What a bright, shining light she was, and will continue to be, to our community. She inspired so many of us. My heart is with Jason and her family. https://t.co/iwffogXiND
My heart breaks. Thank you for all the joy and love you brought to this world with your glorious talent Marin Mazzie. My condolences to her family and friends. https://t.co/ioucTKCvoy
My dearest Marin������My deepest sympathies to @JasonDanieley and your families. A true blue human being. A true blue talent. An extraordinary Woman. Bright, brave and beautiful Marin Mazzie. Rest rest rest, oh irreplaceable one in infinite peace.�� https://t.co/bXZFdQHop6
— Nathan Lee Graham (@nathanleegraham) September 13, 2018
Rest In Peace sweet Marin. ��❤️ https://t.co/g1I73XmIcj
This is beyond devastating. We were so lucky to have been blessed with her talent and grace. RIP �� https://t.co/Y8OUWfC469
— Nikki Renee Daniels (@nikkireneesings) September 13, 2018
Marin Mazzie, you were an idol and an icon. Sending love to her loved ones on this profound loss.
Elegant, beautiful, and breathtakingly courageous. Thank you for shining your light on us all, #MarinMazzie ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ You were taken from us too soon. Sending love and prayers to Jason and their loved ones. https://t.co/sHwiYmq80A
She was a Light, a supremely open & generous being, a hilarity, a singular talent, a beloved friend, a life force, a wise one, among many things, & here she is in TROJAN WOMEN which I directed in 1996 when she and Jason met & began a love story for the ages. RIP Marin Mazzie. �� pic.twitter.com/wfC2tEbkAd
— Tina Landau (@TinaLandau) September 13, 2018
What a sad day for the theater community. RIP, Marin.
I was truly in awe whenever we shared a room. Sad to have never shared a stage. An amazing woman, a fierce artist, and a staggering talent. What a loss for the world. https://t.co/tpko7HtCxZ
Marin was the definition of grace in the face of any adversity. She was the soundtrack of a generation. An advocate. An artist. A beautiful soul. An inspiration in countless ways. My hero.
Journey On, beloved Marin. https://t.co/FvKGlYLuEv
The great #MarinMazzie has passed away. The love she and her husband @JasonDanieley had for each other was so inspirational. I will also never forget how OBSESSED I was, sitting in the RAGTIME pit, hearing her brilliant performance. "The house on the hill was MOTHERS' domain..."
Saddest news. She was true star. https://t.co/KyTqNaM2eB
This news leaves an ache the size of the brightest burning light that this gracious lady brought to everyone she met. I cherish my time with you, Marin. Thank you for your gifts and example. We lift up every strain of #SigPassion to the music, soul&light that is you, Marin. RIP pic.twitter.com/6201zGiWat
— Natascia Diaz (@NatasciaDiaz) September 13, 2018
Today I lost a friend and the world lost one of the greats. On top of feeling so lucky to have experienced her extraordinary gifts as her coworker, I had the honor of witnessing the infinite depth of her strength, smarts, humor and humanity offstage. She will be greatly missed. https://t.co/bd8NAfGsGe
She was an angel on earth this breaks my heart. You will sing forever in our hearts. Rest in love! https://t.co/gvIJcflLGI
— Marisha Wallace (@marishawallace) September 13, 2018
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I almost put this in black and white but there is no part of her that wasn’t bold and in vibrant color. An extraordinary talent and a completely supportive friend. Go listen to her right now and know what we’ve lost but then forever revel in what she gave us. Rest in power, sweet Marin. Sending so much love to @jdanieley.
RIP Marin. Wow, how lucky we were to bask in your theatre greatness. ❤️
When I was 14 and in the closet, I blasted the "Passion" album so many times for so many months, my parents had to have known. Marin Mazzie's voice sounded like strength and beauty, and better times to come. Will never, ever forget her. https://t.co/XxrA9Ixkzn
— Tim Federle (@TimFederle) September 13, 2018
One of the very best and a light to all lucky enough to know her. Devastating. https://t.co/RBIle1qk1i
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I loved Marin Mazzie. So much. She was everything. She was a brilliant, strong, kind, inspiring, bright light in the Broadway community and the world. I couldn't believe it every time I was lucky enough to be in her orbit, at 54 Below or otherwise. This tragic loss is unfathomable. Just devastating. This is Marin and Jonathan Larson backstage while doing Carousel in summer stock in 1981 at the Barn Theatre in Michigan. She was 20 years old, he was 21. When I found this photo at The Library of Congress in 2016 and sent it to Marin, she wrote back: "Jennifer! This just put a huge smile on my face. I remember having this pic taken. I was playing Carrie and this was Jonathan's character from the opening waltz. I'll never forget the bell kicks he had to do at the end of the number!! Great memory!" Then a few minutes later, she took the time to email me again: "Just remembered he named that character "Mr Witherspoon"! You've sent me down memory lane!" Marin was everything you wanted a legend to be, and then some. The bravest, the most generous, the most one-of-a-kind. In her performances, in her life. "Measure in love." ��
Rest in Peace, Ms. Marin Mazzie. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to work with her, even only very briefly for a reading, and was awed by her grace and talents. https://t.co/q3d9AFG4Qv
— Diana DeGarmo Young (@DianaDeGarmo) September 13, 2018
Rest In Peace, Beautiful Angel https://t.co/PzKTKjwc91
Remembering the extraordinary and beloved Marin Mazzie. pic.twitter.com/dHYutNnD4L
— LincolnCenterTheater (@LCTheater) September 13, 2018
— Rodgers & Hammerstein (@RnH_Org) September 13, 2018
The divine and courageous Marin Mazzie was #TonyAwards-nominated for PASSION, RAGTIME, and KISS ME, KATE. We join with her husband, Broadway's Jason Daniele, her friends and family, and all her fans to mourn her untimely passing. Rest in peace. https://t.co/UBVTuJL7GH pic.twitter.com/vNp1rxWn1m
— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) September 13, 2018