It’s only fitting for the stage adaptation of Prince’s iconic film and album “Purple Rain” to debut in his hometown of Minneapolis.
And that’s exactly what will happen next spring, when the world premiere takes place at the State Theatre, before the musical heads to Broadway, producer Orin Wolf announced on Tuesday.
The adaptation of the '84 movie will be directed by Tony Award-nominee Lileana Blain-Cruz and adapted by two-time Pulitzer Prize-finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, based on the original screenplay by Albert Magnoli and William Blinn. It will also feature music and lyrics by Prince, of course.
The Star Tribune reported that "Purple Rain" will have the longest pre-Broadway engagement of any show in the Twin Cities since "The Lion King" in 1997.
Production dates, cast and other details on the “Purple Rain” musical are expected in the coming weeks.
Prince’s former manager, L. Londell McMillan, said in a statement that “Prince talked about adapting ‘Purple Rain’ for the stage for years,” before he died in April 2016 at Paisley Park.
“It’s only fitting that we launch this world premiere musical version in the city where it all began, Prince’s hometown, Minneapolis,” McMillan said. “We’re very excited for the creative team to be inspired by the Minneapolis sound and the unparalleled and unique spirit of the city that Prince inspired.”
Prince stars in "Purple Rain" as the Kid, frontman of the Revolution, a Minneapolis-based band on the rise in the local club scene. The plot is thought to be loosely based on Prince's life, though he never really confirmed that.
"Purple Rain" was shot in Minneapolis during the winter. Much of it was filmed at First Avenue, a couple of blocks away from the State Theatre, where the musical will debut in just over a year.
"Purple Rain" won Prince three Grammys and an Oscar for Best Original Score. More than 25 million copies of the album, which includes the hits "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," have been sold across the globe.
"Purple Rain" the album debuted in June 1984, after Prince had released other career-defining hits like “1999" and “Little Red Corvette."
Hennepin Theatre Trust owns and operates the State Theatre, located at 805 Hennepin Ave. in downtown Minneapolis.