“Purple Rain” will make its pre-Broadway premiere in spring 2025. The previously announced musical, based on the 1984 film of the same name, will play Hennepin Theatre Trust’s State Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The musical features the music of and a story by the late singer-songwriter Prince.
Two-time Pulitzer finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will provide a book adapted from the original screenplay by Albert Magnoli and William Blinn. Tony Award nominee Lileana Blain-Cruz is slated to direct.
“Purple Rain” follows the challenges and success of an up-and-coming Minneapolis-based musician.
“Prince talked about adapting ‘Purple Rain’ for the stage for years. It’s only fitting that we launch this world premiere musical version in the city where it all began, Prince’s hometown, Minneapolis,” said L. Londell McMillan, Prince’s former manager, an attorney and the chair of NorthStar Group, and Larry Mestel, founder and CEO of Primary Wave Music, in a joint statement. “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.”
Production dates and creative team will be announced.
“Purple Rain” is being produced by Orin Wolf, McMillan and Mestel.