Jennifer Hudson sings "Purple Rain" after performance of "The Color Purple" (April 21, 2016)

Jennifer Hudson sings “Purple Rain” after performance of “The Color Purple” (April 21, 2016)

*The spirit of Prince was on Broadway Thursday night, with Jennifer Hudson of The Color Purple and the cast of Hamilton sending audiences to their feet with rousing renditions of his songs.

Hours after his death at age 57, Hudson ended Thursday night’s performance by sharing a personal Prince story and then delivering a powerful, emotional rendition of “Purple Rain” with backing from the cast.

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The cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton finished their Thursday performance with Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

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