The Big News
Prince. Get ready, folks! Prince’s iconic flick from ’84, “Purple Rain,” is making its way to Broadway as a full-blown musical. Yep, you heard that right!
Behind the Scenes
This stage adaptation will feature a storyline crafted by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the hotshot behind the acclaimed family drama “Appropriate,” which has been turning heads with Sarah Paulson and Elle Fanning.
The music and lyrics? Straight from the maestro himself, Prince. And steering this ship as director is Lileana Blain-Cruz, the genius who worked wonders with Thornton Wilder’s dark comedy “The Skin of Our Teeth” back in 2022.
Excitement from the Big Shots
According to L Londell McMillan, head of The Northstar Group, and Larry Mestel, founder & CEO of Primary Wave Music, this homage to Prince and the legacy of “Purple Rain” is long overdue.
They’re hyped about the creative squad bringing a whole new vibe to the film’s legendary tale, all set for the Broadway stage.
They can’t wait for a fresh generation to discover the magic of “Purple Rain” and for die-hard fans to relive its glory, this time live and kicking.
The Legacy of “Purple Rain”
Remember how “Purple Rain” snagged an Oscar for its killer original score? That’s not all—it cashed in nearly $100 million worldwide at the box office.
And oh boy, the album ruled the charts, sitting pretty at the top spot in the US for a whopping 24 weeks and selling over 25 million copies! Classics like “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “I Would Die 4 U” came straight from this gem.
The Tale it Tells
For those who missed it, the movie tells the story of a musician juggling family drama, musical rivalries, and a blossoming romance. Plus, it marked Prince’s grand entrance into the world of cinema.
Plans in the Works
Way back in 2018, Universal snagged the rights to a bunch of Prince’s tunes, eyeing a musical extravaganza on the big screen. But whether that project is still cooking up a storm remains a mystery.
Let’s not forget the legend himself. Prince left us in 2016 after a stellar career that saw him sell over 100 million records across the globe.
More Broadway Beats
And that’s not all, folks! Brace yourselves for musicals jam-packed with tunes from Alicia Keys, Huey Lewis and the News, and The Who—all set to hit Broadway this year.
Get those tickets ready, because “Purple Rain” is about to paint the town purple all over again, this time under Broadway’s bright lights!