WATCH: Casts of ‘The Color Purple’ and ‘Hamilton’ Honor Prince with Incredible Musical Tributes

Keep the music playing.

Voices across the world remembered the cultural icon, Prince, through the power of song after his sudden passing yesterday (Apr. 21) at the age of 57. While some fans shared their words in memoriam of the singer on social media, others congregated in the the streets to sing his greatest hits; like filmmaker Spike Lee, who summoned approximately 1,000 people to to the stoop of Brooklyn headquarters for an impromptu street party. Police shut down the block as New Yorkers danced with their babies and dogs, well into Thursday night, saturating the street with purple in honor of the music legend.

Spike and the Purple Army. We love you @prince

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On a larger scale, both Hamilton the musical and The Color Purple ended Thursday night’s shows with tributes to Prince. Hamilton kept it festive, bringing the house down with a contagiously enlivening rendition of “Let’s Go Crazy”.

Members of the cast shared their point of view from on-stage, which exhibited palpable joy that Prince’s music could bring, even in a time of sorrow.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson and the cast of The Color Purple injected pure life into their audience with a moving curtain call performance to “Purple Rain”.

Click here to view more photos from Spike Lee’s street gathering, and launch the gallery at the top of the page to see Prince’s career in a timeline of photos.