We’re going to see a lot of Prince tributes today, but thus far, this is the one that’s hit me the hardest. The scarily powerful singer Jennifer Hudson has performed with Prince in the past, and she got to know him during his life. Right now, Hudson is starring in the Broadway version of The Color Purple. And after last night’s curtain call, she and the rest of the show’s cast paid tribute to the man, singing “Purple Rain.” And Hudson just sang that thing. She had to read the lyrics off of a card, but other than that, her version is just mind-boggling. Check it out below, via Jezebel.
And in other Broadway Prince-tribute news, the cast of Hamilton had an onstage dance party to “Let’s Go Crazy” last night: