Her death was announced by her husband, actor Jason Danieley. Mazzie had been fighting ovarian cancer since her diagnosis three years ago.
Lauded for her unforgettable performances in Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate and, perhaps most of all, Stephen Sondheim’s 1994 musical Passion, Mazzie was mourned today by Broadway. “This is absolutely devastating,” tweeted Patti Murin of Frozen. “What a bright, shining light she was…”
“The lights of Broadway all shine a little dimmer tonight,” wrote Daniel Dae Kim, her co-star in 2016’s The King and I. “My heart goes out to Jason and all who were lucky enough to call her family or friend.”
“Beautiful, brave and inspiring,” wrote Harvey Fierstein. “A glorious voice and an even better human being…”
Mazzie made her Broadway debut in 1985 in the Huckleberry Finn musical Big River. She earned her first Tony nomination nine years later for her performance as Clara in Passion, and her second in 1998 as Mother in Ragtime. Her role in 1999’s Kiss Me, Kate brought her third nomination.
Other stage credits include 2002’s Man of La Mancha (which reteamed her with Ragtime‘s Brian Stokes Mitchell), Spamalot, Next to Normal, Off Broadway’s revival of Carrie and, just this year and also Off Broadway, Terrence McNally’s Fire and Air.
Mazzie was inducted into New York’s Theater Hall of Fame last year. She met Danieley when both appeared in the Off Broadway 1996 production Trojan Women: A Love Story. They married the following year, and later would perform in concert together.
On TV, Mazzie had a recurring role as Kathy Halverson in the CBS sitcom Still Standing (2003-2006).
The actress is survived by Danieley, her mother and a brother.
Here is Mazzie performing Kander & Ebb’s “And The World Goes Round” in 2016: