Jennifer Hudson and the Cast of The Color Purple Brought Down the House With ‘Purple Rain’ in Honor of Prince

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For a man as theatrical as Prince, all of Broadway had to honor him in the wake of his death: Hamilton went ham for "Let's Go Crazy" on Thursday night, while the cast of The Color Purple paid tribute to the Purple One with his signature song. Led by Jennifer Hudson, who opened with a few words about her good friend, the cast — which includes the outstanding Cynthia Erivo and Orange Is the New Black's Danielle Brooks — channeled Prince for an absolutely spellbinding cover of "Purple Rain." Listen, there are covers, and then there's what Jennifer Hudson did last night — the very definition of catching the spirit. This alone should win her a Tony.