The Scoop on Purple Rain Hitting Broadway
Get ready, ’cause Prince’s iconic flick, Purple Rain, is making its way to Broadway as a musical.
What’s Cooking on Stage?
That 1984 classic movie is getting a makeover for the stage. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a big name in theater and the brains behind the praised drama Appropriate, is cooking up the story for the musical. You might know him from the spotlight cast with Sarah Paulson and Elle Fanning.
The Beat and the Vision
The music and lyrics? All Prince, baby. And the one steering this ship as director is Lileana Blain-Cruz, the hotshot who rocked the stage with Thornton Wilder’s dark comedy, The Skin of Our Teeth, back in 2022.
What the Big Guns Say
L Londell McMillan and Larry Mestel from The Northstar Group and Primary Wave Music are thrilled. They’re the big shots backing this move, saying it’s time to pay tribute to Prince and the Purple Rain legend by giving the story a fresh spin on Broadway. They’re hyped for a new crowd to vibe with Purple Rain and for die-hard fans to relive its magic live.
Why Purple Rain’s a Big Deal
Back in the day, Purple Rain was a knockout, snagging an Oscar for its score and banking close to a cool $100 million worldwide. And let’s talk music—the album owned the US charts for a whopping 24 weeks and sold over 25 million copies. We’re talking hits like When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy, and I Would Die 4 U.
The Lowdown on the Flick
The movie dives into a musician’s life, tackling home struggles, musical rivalry, and a budding love story. Plus, it was Prince’s grand entrance into the movie biz.
Behind the Scenes Scoop
Remember back in 2018 when Universal snagged rights to a bunch of Prince songs for a movie musical? Well, it’s not crystal clear if that’s still on the table. Stay tuned for more updates on that front.
Let’s take a moment for Prince, a legend who rocked the world with over 100 million records sold across the globe. His genius lives on.
More Musical Magic
But wait, there’s more! This year’s also bringing Broadway some sweet tunes from Alicia Keys, Huey Lewis and the News, and The Who. Broadway’s about to be jam-packed with some seriously legendary vibes.