On the road to promote her new album Encore, Marina Prior discards the garb of her usual stage roles to perform in an exposed, acoustic setting.
The show tunes that have defined Prior’s career did not restrict the evening’s set list. Rather, the wide selection of songs, from pop to Celtic ditties, exhibited her surprising versatility.
Prior so easily slipped between styles, using movement and accents to assist her performance. Musical numbers were interwoven with a personal narrative, illustrating an attachment or memory.
While endearing for a period, Prior’s casual patter and interactions with the audience became repetitive and a little irksome.
On piano, Matthew Frank did an exceptional job.
The Regal Theatre, the old Chelsea Cinema, is a well-maintained, grandiose building with a large capacity. This show marks its first outing into live performance, and it is certainly a worthy venue. In preparation for future shows though, management should reconsider the unforgiving acoustics, sound design, and the poor temporary stage.
There is no doubt that Marina Prior is indeed Australia's leading lady; the audience rightfully smitten by her charming persona and dulcet tones.
Venue: The Regal Theatre | 275 Kensington Road, Kensington, Adelaide
Dates: 8.00pm, 23 – 25 May, 2013
Matinee: 2.00pm, Saturday 25 May, 2013
Tickets: from $30
Bookings: Venuetix, The Regal Theatre & Trak Cinemas