Prince Honored by Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Hamilton’ Cast, Jennifer Hudson, and ‘The Color Purple’ Broadway Members

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
April 22, 2016 1:10 pm Last Updated: April 24, 2016 8:10 am

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of “Hamilton,” the hip-hop Broadway musical, along with Jennifer Hudson from the show “The Color Purple,” paid tribute to the late singer Prince, after his death on April 21.

The members of Grammy Award-winning “Hamilton” danced on stage to Prince’s song “Let’s Go Crazy,” while the audience clapped and cheered.

“Hamilton” posted the video on Facebook  under #PrinceGoneTooSoon showing the cast celebrating the superstar.

Later that night, Manuel tweeted, “Today we laughed, we cried, we mourned, we danced. What more could we ask of that electric word, life?”

After the end of a show of Broadway’s “The Color Purple,” academy-award winner Jennifer Hudson walked to the center of the stage to pay tribute to Prince.

“As we all know, today, we lost a legend. We lost a legend who was a good friend of mine. Prince. Who was dear to all of us, am I right?” said Hudson.

“He said his music would live on, he’d live on through his music. So we want to keep him alive today.”

A video posted on Youtube by “The Color Purple” shows the cast and Hudson singing Prince’s hit song “Purple Rain” in a powerful performance, as the audience sang along.

Prince, 57, died on his Paisley Park estate in Minneapolis, April 21. Authorities found him unresponsive in an elevator. The local sheriff says first-responders performed CPR, but failed to revive the pop superstar. An autopsy is underway to determine the cause of death of the singer.