William Marrie, a cast member of the Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical “Movin’ Out,” died Nov. 16 Saturday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident the previous evening. Marrie was a swing in the company who performed the lead role of Eddie at Wednesday and Saturday matinees. He died two days before his 34th birthday.
Montreal native studied dance at L’Ecole Superieur de Danse du Quebec 1987-90, then at the Banff School of Performing Arts, having been awarded scholarships at both schools. He went on to join the National Ballet of Canada, where he was promoted to second soloist in 1995, first soloist in 1997 and principal dancer in 2001.
He danced in National Ballet of Canada productions including “Giselle,” “Onegin,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Taming of the Shrew.” He also performed in the American Ballet Theater and Boston Ballet’s productions of “Taming of the Shrew.”
Before the “Movin’ Out” matinee Nov. 16, an announcement was made dedicating the performance to Marrie’s memory. At that show, his roommate, Lawrence Rabson, went on in the role of Eddie while his girlfriend, Aliane Banquerot, performed in the ensemble.