Prince And The New Power Generation: Act I is the first part of a two-day US TV-special broadcast by ABC on 18 December 1992. The show was produced by Paisley Park Enterprises and broadcast as part of the ABC In Concert '91 series, followed by the The Ryde Dyvine TV-special on 19 December 1992.
Act I is part documentary, part 'rock soap opera' and part video compilation. Like the 3 Chains O’ Gold home video released in 1994, it centers around the story of the album, with some footage overlapping. Between (and through) the music videos for 2 Whom It May Concern, My Name Is Prince, Love 2 The 9’s, The Morning Papers, The Continental, Damn U and 7 the story is that of Prince slowly, but surely, falling in love with ‘princess Mayte'. This narrative is also used on the album. Some slight extra parts of the story that are not in the 3 Chains O’ Gold home video are revealed in this TV-special like Prince making out with Troy Beyer in a cinema at one point (with the movie Barbarella playing) and him pushing her away in the middle of their making out because he can’t stop thinking about Mayte. The narrative is broken quite a few times throughout the special, by inserted interview segments with members of The New Power Generation explaining the story, talking about working with Prince and revealing that all the music videos combined are a 'rock soap opera'.
While specific recording dates are not known, the footage for Act I was shot in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in 1992, after the Diamonds And Pearls Tour. Footage of Mayte in and around Cairo, Egypt was shot by Sotera Tschetter and Randee St. Nicholas in January 1992.
| Track listing
- 2 Whom It May Concern
- My Name Is Prince
- Love 2 The 9’s
- The Morning Papers
- The Continental
- Damn U
| Cast & Crew
|Crew & Credits
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Randee St. Nicholas
Director Of Photography
M. Scott Banac
Special Thanks To
Filmed on location in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Soundstage And Audio Production Facilities Provided By
Paisley Park Studios
ABC In Concert
| Making of
|Shooting Schedule & Locations
|Promotion (at time of release)
- Oddly, Troy Beyer does not appear in the credits of the special.
- Although this TV-special was titled Act I, there were no Act II other than The Ryde Dyvine broadcast the following night.
- Act I was also the name of the American tour Prince & The NPG would do in 1993 to promote the album. It was followed by the Act II (mostly a greatest hits) tour in Europe in Summer 1993, after Prince changed his name to . An Act III tour in Japan and Australia was discussed but never materialized.