‘Hamilton’ and ‘The Color Purple’ Casts Pay Tribute to Prince

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As the news of Prince’s death continues to affect the world, tributes are beginning to pour in, and when the casts of The Color Purple and Hamilton got word of the star’s passing during their shows on Thursday, they took to the stages for an impromptu expression of thanks.

The talented performers in both musicals wasted no time celebrating the life of one of the greatest musical artists ever on the day that his death was confirmed. The cast of The Color Purple sang the classic “Purple Rain”, with star Jennifer Hudson declaring, “His music will live on and he will live with his music, so we want to keep him alive today!”, while Hamilton‘s performers sang and danced to “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda also took to social media to express his shock over the artist’s sudden death, saying that he was “gutted.”

You can watch both amazing tributes below:

pictured: Prince performs during the ‘Pepsi Halftime Show’ at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)