All-ac­cess peek be­hind the cur­tain

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

AUS­TRALIA’S lead­ing lady of the stage, Ma­rina Prior (pic­tured), will men­tor tal­ented young lo­cals next week for The Green­room Pro­ject sea­son fi­nale be­fore she re­turns to The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Septem­ber 26 with her in­ti­mate new show, The En­core Tour. Prior, who boasts a mu­si­cal theatre ca­reer span­ning nearly three decades, steps out from be­hind the char­ac­ters she made fa­mous to put her­self on dis­play to the world in the new show. ‘‘Peo­ple have come to see me in shows but it’s al­ways been scripted and or­gan­ised,’’ she says. ‘‘A lot of the time I’ve done an ac­cent and been in cos­tume, so I don’t even look or sound like my­self. This is a great chance for peo­ple to get to know the real me and so this tour re­ally is an ex­pres­sion of who I am and where I’m at now in my life.’’ Prior shot to star­dom af­ter play­ing lead­ing lady Chris­tine in The Phan­tom of the Opera and has per­formed lead­ing roles in fa­mous mu­si­cals such as Cats, Les Mis­er­ables, Guys & Dolls and Mary Pop­pins. Her shows will in­clude some of her favourite songs, rang­ing from her early folk pop mu­sic to hits from the 1970s and 1980s and ex­tracts from clas­sic mu­si­cals. She will also re­call anec­dotes from her ca­reer, in­clud­ing some hu­mor­ous ‘‘stage dis­as­ters’’. ‘‘Things tended to go wrong ev­ery now and again but those mo­ments now make the best sto­ries,’’ she says.

Ma­rina Prior guest stars at The Green­room Pro­ject, in The Base­ment, at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Mon­day at 7pm. Prior’s The En­core Tour plays the Arts Theatre on Septem­ber 26 at 8pm.

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