The world is still reeling from the shock of Prince’s death yesterday. Today, there are as many rumors are there are tributes. Two hit broadway shows paid homage last night and one of them reduced the audience to tears.
Although the medical examiner will hopefully shed light on what really happened to Prince after he starts work later today, stories of drugs, partying, and emergency 911 calls are already causing a tabloid frenzy. The casts of “A Color Purple” and “Hamilton” last night caused a frenzy of their own with a toe-tapping and tear-inducing homages.
As Billboard reports, “Jennifer Hudson, the lead in the current production of The Color Purple, ended the show by sharing a personal Prince story and then sang a powerful, heart-wrenching performance of “Purple Rain” with backing from the cast that left audience reflective and gutted.”
“Don’t be shy. And that means you too as Prince would say.”
“Meanwhile, just down the block at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, the cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical Hamilton finished the performance with a rousing rendition of “Let’s Go Crazy,” momentarily extending the joy the Prince brought so often to so many in so many ways.”
But since nothing can approach the magic of the man himselfm here is Prince and the Revoltuion perfomring “Let’s Go Crazy” live in 1985.
“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.” ~President Barak Obama
What did Prince, and/or his music, mean to you?