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Prince fans get insight into upcoming "Purple Rain" musical

Fans of Prince got a special treat during the 40th anniversary celebrations
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MINNEAPOLIS — Fans from across the globe are in Minneapolis to celebrate Prince and his music.

On this 40th anniversary of "Purple Rain," fans were treated to a candid interview with one of Prince's favorite collaborators and friends.

Morris Day of Morris Day and the Time made his return to Minneapolis in grand fashion.

"Working with him was always a roller coaster," Day said. "But true enough he was just the greatest most talented person that I've ever met."

Both shared the big screen in "Purple Rain." For this music legend, it seems like it was yesterday he and his friend worked together on the movie and music that catapulted them to superstardom.

"It doesn't seem like 40 years at all. It's like, where has all the time gone?" he said. "It's like yesterday for real and it's just hard to believe he's not here."  

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But his spirit continues to live on in his music. Londel McMillan, attorney and manager of Prince Legacy LLC, introduced fans to the artistic force behind the upcoming Broadway production of "Purple Rain": Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the show's book writer, and Obie award-winning director Lileana Blain-Cruz.

Special consultants for the adaptation include the Revolution's Bobby Z and the New Power Generation's Morris Hayes.

"This is a really good thing and it's something that he would really love," said Bobby Z.

The purple faithful were also treated to a sneak peek of some of the music that will shape the Broadway production.

"Purple Rain" will debut in Minneapolis before its run on Broadway in spring 2025.

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