“Let me guide you to the purple rain,” he sang—or in this case, to the Purple Rain.
In honor of the late, great Prince, Manship Theatre will host a special May 18 screening of the seminal pop star’s acting debut in 1984’s Purple Rain, a tale of a Minneapolis musician on the brink of success with his band, the Revolution, who uses the power of music to escape a rocky home life. A quasi-autobiographical story, the film operated as a showcase for Prince’s own talent, containing several concert scenes and inspiring the best-selling album and soundtrack “Purple Rain.” For anyone still grieving the loss of one of the world’s most inimitable performers, a trip down memory lane with the fans who loved him best is surely a Prince-approved celebration.
But the fun doesn’t end there. After the 7 p.m. screening, mosey into the Hartley/Vey Workshop for a Purple After Party presented by 103.3 FM, Atomic Pop Shop and Capital City Grill for an evening filled with Prince-produced tunes, free food, drink specials and a costume contest. Officially beginning at 9 p.m., the $5 after-party tickets can be bought online through manshiptheatre.org/events.asp.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the film, visit manshiptheatre.org/events.asp.