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Jennifer Hudson's 'The Color Purple' and ‘Hamilton’ Casts Perform Broadway Tributes to Prince: Watch Now!

by Rachel McRady 6:33 AM PDT, April 22, 2016
Playing Jennifer Hudson's 'The Color Purple' and ‘Hamilton’ Casts Perform Broadway Tributes to Prince: Watch Now!

Prince got a musical send-off from The Great White Way! The casts of the hit Broadway shows Hamilton and The Color Purple took some time to celebrate the life of the "Purple Rain" singer on Thursday, shortly after news broke of his death.

"First of all, we want to say thank you all for being here tonight,"Hudson, who is currently starring in The Color Purple, told the crowd after the show. "As we all know today, we lost a legend. Jesus, we lost a legend, who was a good friend of mine. Prince, who was dear to all of us… Tonight, if you guys don’t mind, we'd like you all to join us in honoring Prince. He said his music will live on and he will live with his music and we want to keep him alive today."

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The cast then broke in a powerhouse rendition of one of Prince's most iconic songs, "Purple Rain."

Hudson also shared Instagram videos of the impromptu performance, writing, "Definitely a moment I did not expect ! Singing with my heart ! N it's hurt."

In a theater nearby, the cast of Hamilton also rocked out to the legendary superstar. The show's creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, introduced Prince's hit "Let’s Go Crazy" before the cast danced around the stage.

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Earlier in the day, Miranda tweeted, "Step away from your computer. Walk around, blast some Prince. It's the only thing that has saved my day, it may save yours."

Prince died at the age of 57 on Thursday. Police are still investigating his death and an autopsy is being performed on Friday.

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