The Big Move from Screen to Stage
Prince’s. Hey, music lovers! Get ready for a Broadway musical based on Prince’s iconic flick, ‘Purple Rain.’ Yep, that 1984 gem is making its way onto the stage.
Behind the Scenes Scoop
So, here’s the lowdown: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the brain behind the family drama ‘Appropriate’ that’s getting tons of love, is penning the book for this new show. You might know Jacobs-Jenkins from the Pulitzer Prize scene.
And guess what? The music and lyrics are, of course, all from the legend himself, Prince. Plus, Lileana Blain-Cruz, the genius who worked on the 2022 adaptation of ‘The Skin of Our Teeth,’ will be taking the director’s chair.
Hype and Excitement
The bigwigs behind this move, L Londell McMillan and Larry Mestel, are totally stoked. They think this stage version is the perfect way to honor Prince’s legacy and the epicness of ‘Purple Rain.’ They’re jazzed about how the creative team is giving the film’s story a new twist for the stage. And hey, they’re looking forward to a whole new generation discovering the magic of ‘Purple Rain’ and giving die-hard fans a live re-run of the awesomeness.
Remembering ‘Purple Rain’ Glory Days
Back in the day, ‘Purple Rain‘ bagged an Oscar for its killer original score and cashed in nearly $100 million at the global box office. And let’s talk music—it ruled the charts, holding the number one spot in the US for a whopping 24 weeks and selling over 25 million copies. Tracks like ‘When Doves Cry,’ ‘Let’s Go Crazy,’ and ‘I Would Die 4 U’ were the jam!
The movie spins the tale of a musician juggling family troubles, music rivalries, and a blossoming romance. It was also Prince’s grand entrance into the world of cinema.
Behind the Curtain Insights
Remember when Universal got their hands on the rights to some Prince tracks back in 2018? Yeah, word was they were cooking up a big-screen musical. But hey, no news on what’s happening with that project now.
Prince’s Legacy and Impact
We can’t talk about ‘Purple Rain’ without nodding to the genius behind it all—Prince himself. The guy left an incredible mark, selling over 100 million records worldwide before his passing in 2016.
More Musical Treats on Broadway
But wait, there’s more! This year’s Broadway lineup is stacked with musicals featuring Alicia Keys, Huey Lewis and the News, and The Who. Looks like the stage is gonna be buzzing with some seriously legendary tunes.
So, keep an eye out, folks! ‘Purple Rain’ hitting Broadway as a musical is set to be a game-changer, bringing back the magic of Prince’s legacy for a whole new crowd to groove to.