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Watch Jennifer Hudson & The Cast Of The Color Purple Honor Prince With A Stirring Rendition Of Purple Rain!

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Since Prince's death on Thursday, several fans and celebrities have done their best to honor the late artist.

While tons of famous friends and admirers took to Twitter to share their feels, and late night hosts James Corden and Stephen Colbert took some time to pay tribute to the legendary pop star, Jennifer Hudson decided to go a more musical route!

Related: Did Prince Foreshadow His Own Death With THIS Song?!

Hudson, who currently stars in the Broadway play The Color Purple, took a moment at the end of her show to address the crowd saying:

"I'm not a speaker by any means. I did not expect to have to speak on tonight, but God has his way. As we all know, today we lost a legend. Ooh, Jesus, we lost a legend who was a good friend of mine: Prince, who was dear to all of us. Every single one of us."

The 34-year-old actress went on to talk about her personal relationship with the deceased musician before getting the cast to sing Purple Rain with her!

Ch-ch-check out the Oscar-winning actress and the rest of The Color Purple's cast honor Prince Broadway style (below)!

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Tina Fey Says We're Getting That Mean Girls Musical Earlier Than Expected — All Because Of Ellie Kemper's Pregnancy!

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This is so fetch!

Tina Fey is already juggling a hit TV show with a successful career as a film actress, but it sounds like she's getting ready to focus more on being a playwrite.

That's because due to Ellie Kemper's pregnancy, she's going to have to stop working on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt until the baby comes… which means more time for Mean Girls: The Musical!

Related: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Throws Shade At Taylor Swift

Tina was promoting the second season of her Netflix series at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday when she gave an update on her and her husband Jeff Richmond's Mean Girls adaptation, saying:

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Cher Musical Being Pitched To Hamilton Producers — But Someone STILL Hasn't Approved The Script!

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If we could turn forward time, we'd head straight to opening night!

Ever since Cher confirmed a musical based on her life was still in the works, we've been patiently waiting to hear more about the Broadway show!

And now that new details have emerged, it looks like we can officially get excited!!

The music icon has been working with Tony Award winning writer Rick Elice, who is presenting the project to producers — including Hamilton's Jeffrey Seller – on Wednesday.

According to The New York Post, Seller will co-produce with Flody Suarez, who was reportedly the one who persuaded Cher to do the musical in the first place!

Related: Hamilton Is Officially A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical!

The show will feature several of the pop star's hits, including I Got You Babe, Take Me Home, Believe, and If I Could Turn Back Time.

If the play gets through this round, it will be presented to the 69-year-old herself on May 20 — where she will hopefully give the final hair flip of approval.

The star previously stated that the musical would feature three different actresses portraying her at different stages in her life.

The first will play a young Cher through the "Sonny and Cher" era, followed by another portraying the songstress during her Believe tour — and a third to play the legend at the current point in her life.

With hit songs, successful producers, and a fascinating subject matter — we're pretty sure this musical is a guaranteed hit!

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Hamilton Is Officially A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical! Find Out Why That's So Rare!

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Congratulations to the cast and crew of Hamilton!

They didn't throw away their shot!

It seems like most people have been addicted to Hamilton ever since it opened on Broadway last year, and now, the acclaimed musical is taking home a HUGE honor to justify everyone's insane obsession!

On Monday, the Alexander Hamilton-inspired production received this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama!

Video: We The Kings Put A Pop-Punk Spin On Hamilton!

This is an even bigger deal when you take into account only nine musicals have ever won the award over plays. The most recent ones to claim the prize were Next to Normal in 2010 and then all the way back to Rent in 1996!

And, Lin Manuel-Miranda's show received this rare recognition on the 100th anniversary of the awards, which celebrate impressive work in the arts and journalism.

Nice!

We're so proud of the cast and crew, and are SURE this is a good sign for Hamilton's chances at the 70th Annual Tony Awards later this year!

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Michelle Williams Says No To Dawson's Creek Revival… Because All Her Reunions Are Private!

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We'll take what we can get!

Fans of Dawson's Creek know that a reboot featuring the entire main cast would be a little difficult to explain given the events of the series finale… but luckily, we'll never have to worry about that.

That's because Michelle Williams has — once again — crushed all of our dreams about ever seeing a Dawson, Pacey, Joey, and Jen reunion!

Related: Michelle Williams Is Dating A Critically Acclaimed Author!

The 35-year-old actress stopped by TODAY on Monday to chat with Savannah Guthrie about her new Broadway play Blackbird alongside Jeff Daniels, but the conversation eventually found its way back to DC.

While there won't be an official revival anytime soon, Michelle did make sure to share that the cast frequently has private, mini-reunions — particularly with Busy Philipps — so that's some good news, at least!

To be honest, we're kind of going through a bit of nostalgia overload at the moment thanks to Fuller House, Gilmore Girls, and even Friends, so we can live with having to wait for Dawson's Creek 2.0… for now.

Plus, it's a good thing Michelle doesn't get annoyed by the question easily, because it was clearly the only thing Savannah cared about! LOLz!

Ch-ch-check out Michelle's soul-crushing TODAY interview (below)!!!

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We The Kings Put Their Pop Punk Spin On Hamilton… And It's Everything! Watch The Story Of Tonight Music Video HERE!

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Is there a single demo this musical doesn't appeal to?

We the Kings may be a pop punk band, but that doesn't mean they're completely in the dark when it comes to other genres of music.

In fact, just like the rest of America, the fivesome are currently obsessed with all things Hamilton.

Video: Amy Schumer Parodies Hamilton With Lin-Manuel Miranda

But they aren't just some casual fans covering Lin-Manuel Miranda's work… they actually went ahead and made an entire music video to accompany their version of The Story of Tonight!

And believe it or not, the song is so well-received that it's getting radio play throughout the country!

Nice work, boys.

Ch-ch-check out We the Kings' The Story of Tonight (above)!!!

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Sara Bareilles, Rebel Wilson, John Stamos, & More Sign On For The Little Mermaid Live! Get The Deets On The HOT Stage Production!

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The Little Mermaid may be getting a live-action big screen adaptation — but it looks like Ariel & co. are set to make a splash on the stage first!

It's been announced that Sara Bareilles and Rebel Wilson will headline a cast performing the songs from the Disney classic this summer at the Hollywood Bowl in El Lay!

Backed by a 71-piece live orchestra, the Brave singer will be playing the titular mermaid while the Pitch Perfect star has signed on to play the evil sea witch Ursula — though the A-list cast doesn't stop there!

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John Stamos will be playing Chef Louis, Darren Criss will be Prince Eric, and Tituss Burgess will be reprising his role as Sebastian — which he played on Broadway in 2007!

The idea for the musical recreation surfaced from

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