All tagged Marin Mazzie

Shedding Some Light on the Dimming of Marquees

It is a tradition in the Broadway Theatre to dim the lights of all Broadway marquees in tribute to a celebrated artist who has passed. This is a lovely ritual, a much-needed way to show respect and to synthesize a shared loss in a community that is tight-knit. It’s a simple gesture that symbolically represents the light going out on a beloved friend and a career that touched many. It’s the community’s way of putting our flag at half-mast. It’s a collective way to essentially say “goodbye,” but also assert that “we will not forget.” 

Celebrating Marin Mazzie

It breaks my heart to be sitting here and writing a remembrance of Marin Mazzie who passed away this last Thursday at the age of 57. Mazzie was a luminescent star of the Broadway musical stage, investing heart and soul into every song that she sang and every role that she embodied. There was something ethereal and magical in her voice, lifting us out of our daily lives and transporting us to somewhere near heaven. 

Tony Award Categories We'd Like to See

Excitement surrounds the Tony Awards as we wait to see the "best of the best" awarded for their craft and artistry as it pertains to the Broadway Theatre. The announcement of the return of the Sound Design award for next year is an important victory (the category should never have been eradicated in the first place). We are all familiar with the usual categories, but have you ever thought that there are a few areas that are overlooked? Here are some Tony Award categories I think many of us would like to see. 

Broadway Musical Time Machine: Looking Back at Camelot

Lerner and Loewe are considered by many, after Rodgers and Hammerstein, to be the “duo supreme” of musical theatre composing teams. They certainly got onboard for the Rodgers and Hammerstein formula, and many of their musicals owe their success to that template. From their early scores for Brigadoon and Paint Your Wagon, to film with Gigi and The Little Prince, to their masterpiece My Fair Lady, the partnership yielded some of the most elegant, sophisticated, and memorable music in the history of musicals.