Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017|2 a.m.
Jason Tenner has actually taken his “Purple Reign” Prince homage program to so many locations around Las Vegas throughout the years, it’s hard to keep track. But the show has actually never ever been to the Tropicana, till tonight.
After a successful three-year run at the Westgate– including the last year and a half in the historical International Theater– “Purple Reign” begins its brand-new residency this week in another timeless Vegas space, the Tropicana Theater that was once referred to as the Tiffany Theater and house for nearly 50 years to “Les Folies Bergere.”
“Hopefully some of that magic will rub off on ‘Purple Reign’ and we’ll have a show that will last there for a long time,” states Tenner. “I think it’s a testimony to Prince and everything he was an artist that our show has such appeal for people, and can hold down spaces of that size in Vegas. If we deliver it well, it has remaining power.”
Plainly, Tenner and his crew have been providing. “Purple Reign” is among Vegas’ preferred tribute programs and has been around (and explored the country) in some variation for nearly two decades, and Tenner is eagerly anticipating bringing it back to the Strip and assembling with the most recent remodellings at the Trop.
Current modifications to the program will see full bloom when it opens in its brand-new house. A bigger, multi-tiered phase set in usage at Westgate will make the move, and Tenner has actually added 2 brand-new guitarists recently along with additional female entertainers, leading to the addition of a Vanity 6 sector of the show. “Purple Reign” had long consisted of a tribute to Morris Day and the Time, and now the Vanity 6 part recognizes the other act immortalized in the 1984 film “Purple Rain.”
“We have actually included some numbers we didn’t do in the past, things with more choreography we could not do without the ladies like ‘Cream,’ upgraded costuming, and we’re wanting to add some brand-new video elements to the show that should be in prior to completion of the year,” Tenner states. “I don’t want to do a lot of dancers like the typical Vegas thing because I want to keep it all about the music, all performed by this live ensemble, but we are intensifying the production.”
Homing in on the music is essential to maintaining the spirit of Prince. The middle part of the program will be a time to play it loose and experiment, and sometimes even take demands. “We wish to have the ability to do what Prince would do,” he says. “I’ll state, ‘Exactly what do you desire?’ and we’ll take demands. Somebody screamed out ‘Free Bird,’ and we played it. We keep it enjoyable.”
“Purple Reign” debuts at the Trop on Nov. 1 and plays at 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. To find out more, check out troplv.com.