Marina Prior is known as Australia’s Leading Lady of Musical Theatre.
Marina’s first professional audition resulted in her first lead role - that of Mabel The Pirates of Penzance. She was subsequently invited to perform the role of Guinevere opposite Richard Harris in Camelot. Since then she has performed over thirty lead roles throughout Australia. Possibly her most memorable being the role of Christine Daae, in the original Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera, which she performed for three years.
Other roles include Jellylorum in Cats, Cosette in, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Maria in West Side Story, Lily in The Secret Garden, Magnolia in Showboat, Miss Adelaide in Guys And Dolls, Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins, Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music , Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, and, more recently, the role of Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie for The Production Company.
For Melbourne Theatre Company, Marina has played the roles of Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Elmire in The Hypocrite, Frances in Jumpy and Judith Bliss in Hayfever.
Marina has performed with symphony orchestras throughout Australia including a critically acclaimed Australasian concert tours with international tenor, José Carreras and international vocal group, Il Divo.
She is also well known to television audiences through her appearances on such shows as Carols by Candlelight, as a judge on Channel Seven’s It Takes Two and as Iris in The ABC series The Divorce.
In 1999, Marina was guest of honour for the television program This Is Your Life which paid tribute to her career so far. Over her career, she has received numerous awards including the Advance Australia Award for her contribution to the performing arts and was inducted into Australia’s 100 Entertainers of the Century.
Earlier next, Marina will play the role of Violet Newstead in the Dolly Parton musical, 9 to 5.