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Tickets for Marineau and Mazzie concert go on sale

Aug. 15, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Tickets to a Sept. 5 concert featuring Broadway stars and Western Michigan University alumnae Marin Mazzie and Barbara Marineau go on sale to the general public starting today, Aug. 15.

Mazzie and Marineau will present an evening of their favorite solos and duets from the American musical theatre Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4 and 5, in Shaw Theatre in the Gilmore Theatre Complex. Tickets to the Sept. 4 concert will go on sale to the general public Aug. 25.

Mazzie, class of '82, and Marineau, class of '72, will make their return to Kalamazoo as part of WMU's Centennial Celebration. The concert is part of the Centennial Scholars and Artists Series, a special lineup of lectures, performances and presentations planned for WMU alumni, faculty, staff, students and the Kalamazoo-area community.

Together, the WMU Alumni Association, the Department of Theatre and the University Theatre Guild are hosts of the two nights of Broadway entertainment to raise money for student scholarships. On Sept. 4, the Alumni Association performance will begin at 8 p.m. followed by a post-performance reception with the artists at 9:15 pm. The Sept. 5 concert will serve as the 24th Annual President's Performance and will begin with hors d'oeuvres at 5:45 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m. and performance at 8 p.m. A champagne-with-desert afterglow will follow the presentation. Both performances will raise money for Department of Theatre scholarships.

Tickets for the Sept. 5 concert are $100 for dinner, performance and afterglow or $50 for the performance and afterglow. Tickets for the show only are $40 standard admission; $35 for seniors, faculty and staff; and $15 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling (269) 387-6222 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Both Mazzie and Marineau are accomplished Broadway actresses and have won numerous awards and nominations for their work

Mazzie recently appeared as Lilli/Kate in "Kiss Me, Kate!" in London's West End. She received Tony, Oliver and Drama Desk Award nominations and won the Outer Critics' Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She received the 1998 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Mother in Broadway's "Ragtime," a role she created in the original workshop production and world premiere.

She received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Clara in the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical "Passion." Other Broadway credits include: Rapunzel, Witch and Cinderella in "Into the Woods," Mary Jane Wilkes in "Big River" and Helen in City Center Encores! production of "Out of this World." She currently is appearing as Aldonza in "Man of LaMancha" on Broadway.

Marineau most recently created the role of Oona Crowe in the Terrance McNally/Stephen Flaherty/Lynn Ahrens musical "A Man of No Importance" at Lincoln Center. She is scheduled to appear as the Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella" at the St. Louis Muni Opera this month.

She was seen on Broadway and on PBS in the all-star revival of "The Women" after playing Mrs. Potts in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway for two years. She continued her role in Los Angeles and on tour and can be heard as Mme. La Grande Bouche on the cast recording. Her Broadway debut was the night of the 1977 New York City blackout, playing Anne in "Shenandoah" with John Cullum. Other Broadway appearances include the Alan Menken/Tim Rice concert, "King David," Scrooge's Mum in "A Christmas Carol" with Ben Vereen, and Doatsey Mae in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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