Famous Stage Beauty Marina Prior Transforms to Play TWO Completely Different Roles in Box Office Hit Mary Poppins
She is famous for her beautiful voice and dazzling looks.
And now gorgeous stage star Marina Prior has transformed for the latest production of the hit musical Mary Poppins which is currently playing at Her Majesty’s Theater in Melbourne.
Marina, 59, is unrecognizable in the famous hit series, in which she plays the role of Bird Woman, a sweet and very old lady, as well as the sinister Miss Andrew.
Stage star Marina Prior has transformed for the latest production of the hit musical Mary Poppins which is now playing at Her Majesty’s Theater in Melbourne Pictured: Marina Prior is unrecognizable as Bird Woman in the acclaimed show based on the 1964 Disney movie
In an interview with the Herald Sun on Friday, the veteran of the hit scene as 9 to 5 and The Sound of Music, said she relished the change of pace from her usual glamorous parts.
“I was the eternal ingenue, the heroine, the romantic lead,” the Phantom of the Opera star said.
The Carols by Candlelight star continued, “There is a tendency, especially in this country, to categorize people. I’m really proud of the roles I’m doing now; they are brave, interesting and age-appropriate.
Young, dark-haired Marina appears twenty-five years older than her playing the gray-haired, ragged character of the Bird Woman in Mary Poppins.
Young dark-haired Marina appears 25 years older playing the gray-haired, ragged character of the Bird Woman in Mary Poppins Pictured: Marina on the red carpet in 2022
“It’s fun, really empowering, and I love it,” she said of the role she’s to play in the costume of a London street beggar, complete with socks, stringy hair and a battered straw hat.
“As an actor, it’s nice to dress up that way, and I really hope people don’t know it’s me.”
Based on the acclaimed 1964 Walt Disney film starring Julie Andrews, the stage version features dazzling sets, stunning special effects and catchy tunes like Chim Chim Cher-ee.
In an interview with the Herald Sun on Friday, the veteran of the hits scene like 9 to 5 and The Sound of Music, said she relished the change of pace from her usual glam parties Pictured: Marina in 9 at 5 The Musical on stage in Melbourne in 2022
Australian So You Think You Can Dance winner Jack Chambers stars alongside Marina.
Meanwhile, Australian stage actor Stefanie Jones, plays the title role. She was chosen for the role by the series’ English producer and co-creator, Sir Cameron Mackintosh.
The London production of returned to the West End in 2019, 14 years after its debut, and was a smash hit.
Marina was a regular star of the annual Carols by Candlelight TV event Pictured: Marina on stage in Melbourne for the 2005 Christmas pageant