Episode #18: Marin Mazzie has established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies, and it’s easy to see why: with her rangy and beautiful voice, her serious acting chops, her comic bent, and her cover girl looks, who wouldn’t want to cast her? Marin made her Broadway debut in Big River, and next was Into the Woods, where we met as fellow understudies and I got to see Marin perform Cinderella, Rapunzel, and the Witch in the same week! After that came Marin’s three Tony-nominated performances, as Clara in Passion, as Mother in Ragtime, and as Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me Kate. She also took over the role of Aldonza, opposite Brian Stokes Mitchell, in the revival of Man of La Mancha. Most recently, she has been wowing audiences in the staged concerts of On the Twentieth Century as Lily Garland, and Kismet as Lalume. What a resumé! (And I haven’t even touched on her extensive regional, stock and television credits!)
On this episode, Marin sings a song that’s actually in the songbook! “Walking the Wrong Way” is a self-contained, cabaret-type song with lyrics by Libby Saines (“I Won’t Mind,” “I’m Free”) and music by yours truly. Recorded 5/19/06.
On the concert and recording front, her leading man (onstage and off) is her adorable and talented husband, Jason Danieley. Marin and Jason recently released a duet CD, appropriately titled Opposite You. They’ll be appearing together with the Boston Pops on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Check them out – they do a great show!