Purple Rain, a theatrical tribute to late music icon Prince, will begin a U.K. tour in February 2018 with a West End run to follow, producers Adam Spiegel, Mark Goucher, and Claire-Bridget Kenwright announced June 2.
Gary Lloyd, who staged Thriller Live, Carrie – The Musical, 20th Century Boy – The Story of Marc Bolan, and The Genius of Ray Charles, will direct and choreograph the production that promises a rotating lineup of star guests.
The tour will launch February 1, 2018, in Bromley.
Hit songs from the Prince catalogue, including “Raspberry Beret,” “Kiss,” “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “1999,” “Purple Rain,” “Alphabet Street,” and “U Got The Look” will be performed by a 26-member cast of musicians, singers, and dancers.
“Prince’s music and constant reinvention is legendary, so to get the opportunity to bring that and all his colourful characters to the theatrical stage is a dream,” Lloyd said in a statement. “There is also a real appetite for live music shows that showcase the musicians as part of the performance. Prince was all about this. Prince was a consummate, theatrical artist, but in our show his music is the star. There will be so much for audiences to enjoy whether they’re fans of musical theatre, Prince, or both. Purple Rain is a fast-paced, music lover’s night out that will tease, surprise and excite audiences in the same way he did.”
Casting and complete tour dates will be announced shortly.
For initial tour dates, visit purplerainonstage.com.
Watch highlights from a New York tribute concert to Prince featuring Tony winner Lena Hall and Tony nominee Robin de Jesús.