Marina Prior to perform at the Manning Entertainment Centre
One of Australia?s best loved ladies of musical theatre, Marina Prior, will
perform her new one-woman show entitled Leading Lady at the Manning
Entertainment Centre for one show only on Saturday 3rd August.
Accompanied on piano by the multitalented David Cameron Leading Lady traces
Marina?s career from her days busking with a guitar on Melbourne streets
through to her rise to stardom as Christine in The Phantom of the
Marina said, ?The show takes the audience on a journey of songs ranging from the early folk pop songs of my busking days ? a collection of music from the female
performers of the 70s and 80s including Joni Mitchell, Wendy Matthews and
Kate Bush ? through to my favourite theatrical songs from such shows as The
Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Les Miserables.?
Marina Prior has performed more than twenty leading roles
in productions including Cats, Les Miserables, Guys & Dolls and
Mary Poppins. She was named one of Australia?s top 100 Entertainers of the
Manning Entertainment Centre Manager Jeremy Miller said ?Leading Lady is an
opportunity to see Marina Prior as you have never seen her before ? up, close
and personal ? sharing music and memories from her career. The show invites you
to share the music Marina grew up on, and the songs that made her who she is
Marina?s first professional audition resulted in her first lead role ? that of Mabel in
the Victoria State Opera?s The Pirates Of Penzance. She was
subsequently invited to perform the role of Guinevere opposite Richard Harris
in Camelot. She then went on to perform the characters of Jellylorum and
Griddlebone in the Australian premiere production of Cats, Josephine in
the Victoria State Opera?s production of H.M.S.Pinafore, Kathy in the
Lyric Opera of Queensland?s The Student Prince and Adele in the Victoria
State Opera?s concert version of Die Fledermaus.
In 1987, Marina landed the role of Cosette in the Australian premiere of Les
Miserables and at times appeared as Fantine in the same production. During
this run, she took time out to play Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes.
Marina created the role of Christine Daae in the original Australian production of The
Phantom Of The Opera, which she performed for three years.
A critically acclaimed Australasian concert tour with international tenor, Jos?
Carreras, remains one of the many highlights of Marina?s career. Other
concert engagements include performances with the Australian Philharmonic
Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and symphony orchestras throughout
Marina is also well known to television audiences through her appearances on shows
such as Carols By Candlelight and as a judge on Channel Seven?s top
rating It Takes Two.
Marina has received numerous awards including four MO Awards, three Green Room Awards, and the Advance Australia Award for her contribution to the performing arts. In 1999, Marina was guest of honour for the television program This Is Your
Life which paid tribute to her career so far.
In 2006, she was honoured with induction into Australia?s 100 Entertainers of the
Marina Prior ? Leading Lady? 8pm, Saturday 3rd August.? Tickets on sale now