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Late Western Michigan University alum Marin Mazzie receives special Tony Award

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Marin Mazzie performing in 2013. (WWMT/Courtesy of Western Michigan University)

A late Western Michigan University alum and Broadway star will receive a special posthumous Tony Award for her outstanding contributions to both the community and theater.

Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony nominee, died in Sep. 2018 after battle with ovarian cancer. She was 57-years-old. Mazzie graduated from Western in 1982 and performed at the Barn Theatre while she was in school.

"Huge loss for Kalamazoo, huge loss for Western and an amazing loss for Broadway and for the musical theater in our country," said Western Michigan University Director of Music Theatre Performance Jay Berkow.

Berkow said she was dedicated to the university. Mazzie was an ambassador for the school's theater program.

A full story about Mazzie's legacy in West Michigan will air on Newschannel 3 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9, before The Tony Awards, which will be broadcast at 8 p.m.