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Thread started 07/17/17 1:09am

khill95

Prince and Broadway

So I know this seems like a stretch, but I can't help but think that Broadway was a big influence on Prince. The in the round/eclectic set of Lovesexy reminds me of Cats, and the SOTT tour stage looks like it could be from a revival of West Side Story. I've also seen an interview with Madonna from back in the day, talking about how her and Prince were supposed to write a musical together. That combined with ALL the theatrics like dancing, lighting, props, sets, I really think P looked to Broadway and West End for influences. Anybody know if he went to any Broadway shows or was a theater fan? I know he took dance classes. And what are some of your favorite musicals?
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Reply #1 posted 07/17/17 4:12am

pdiddy2011

Don't know the answer to your question, but I would love to see his music either be prominently focused in a broadway musical (ala, Cyndi Lauper Kinky Boots or Elton John Aida) or be a part of a biography musical, because he most certainly has the music for it, in both substance and variety.

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Reply #2 posted 07/17/17 5:11am

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khill95 said:

So I know this seems like a stretch, but I can't help but think that Broadway was a big influence on Prince. The in the round/eclectic set of Lovesexy reminds me of Cats

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Are you serious? Here, from 1987: http://www.deflepparduk.c...soct4.html

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That combined with ALL the theatrics like dancing, lighting, props, sets, I really think P looked to Broadway and West End for influences.

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Yeah, pop concerts never featured all of those. rolleyes

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I know he took dance classes.

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So?

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And what are some of your favorite musicals?

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Who cares? Not the right forum.

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Reply #3 posted 07/17/17 6:30am

poppys

Of course Prince was hip to all kinds of theater. There's a photo of him at a play in NYC. Loved Hamilton (tweet). He was already great at all the aspects of the theater - writing, staging, sound, voice, music. He could've had a few careers.

I'm not keen on a Prince Broadway extravaganza anytime soon.

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Reply #4 posted 07/17/17 7:20am

khill95

BartVanHemelen said:



khill95 said:



So I know this seems like a stretch, but I can't help but think that Broadway was a big influence on Prince. The in the round/eclectic set of Lovesexy reminds me of Cats

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Are you serious? Here, from 1987: http://www.deflepparduk.c...soct4.html


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That combined with ALL the theatrics like dancing, lighting, props, sets, I really think P looked to Broadway and West End for influences.

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Yeah, pop concerts never featured all of those. rolleyes


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I know he took dance classes.

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So?


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And what are some of your favorite musicals?

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Who cares? Not the right forum.


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I'm interested in the artistic vision/development of P, and I LOVE how he takes his influences from a wide variety of influences. I don't know much about Def Leppard, his THEATRICS looked more theater influenced, than by any standard pop show. I know dancing is big in theater, so maybe he got exposed to theater then, IDK, just something I'd thought I'd put in. Lol.
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Reply #5 posted 07/17/17 7:53am

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khill95 said:

So I know this seems like a stretch [snip]


You're right it is, and it's also the wrong forum.

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Reply #6 posted 07/17/17 8:06am

mbdtyler

I can see what you're saying, OP. I also get those vaguely Broadway-ish vibes from his late 80's stage setups, it was really cool what he was doing back then.

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Reply #7 posted 07/17/17 1:56pm

thx185

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I agree, OP. I think at times the influences come across musically, also. Tracks like Wally and the Man Opera from the Deliverance EP.

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Reply #8 posted 07/18/17 2:31am

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He worked on a Broadway show with David Henry Hwang back in 94. The song "Solo" came out of that project.
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