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Prince's 'Purple Rain' movie to become a musical



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The 1984 movie "Purple Rain" is going to be made into a musical on Broadway, New York. The film was based on the album of the same name made by the artist Prince. He also starred in it. This should encourage people to go to see the musical version. The producers of the new musical are excited about their project. They said: "It's been 40 years since Prince's legendary film took the world by storm. We can't think of a more fitting tribute to honour Prince and his legacy than with this stage adaptation of the beloved story." They added: "We can't wait for a new generation to discover 'Purple Rain' and…to experience its power once again, this time live."

"Purple Rain" the movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. Many critics believe "Purple Rain" is one of the greatest musical films. "Purple Rain" the album spent 24 consecutive weeks at number one in the USA's Billboard 200 music chart. It spent a total of 167 weeks on that chart. It contains the smash hit "When Doves Cry". The movie is about an aspiring singer and guitarist who was trying to become famous. The story shows his complicated home life, his battles with his musical rivals, and a new romance. Prince died in 2016 from an overdose of painkiller drugs. He sold over 100 million records worldwide. This makes him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

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