Pop Singer Prince Dead at 57 | Playbill

News Pop Singer Prince Dead at 57 The artist supplied one song for the Broadway musical Uptown...It's Hot!
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Prince, the internationally acclaimed, Grammy-winning pop singer and star of the movie musical Purple Rain, has died at age 57, according to the Associated Press.

No cause of death was immediately reported, though he apparently had been ill in recent days. The artist had suffered an overdose of Percocet several days before his death, according to Variety, but it the exact cause of death has not been determined.

Though he was admired by many Broadway singers, Prince had only a single Broadway credit to his name, the music and lyrics for a song in the short-lived 1986 musical revue Uptown...It's Hot!

The show, which starred Maurice Hines, lasted just 24 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. It featured music by Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Count Basie, Carole King, Stevie Wonder and George Gershwin, among others.

The show's finale was the song “1999” with music and lyrics by Prince, whose birth name was Prince Rogers Nelson.

Prince also worked briefly with playwright Henry David Hwang on a proposed musical about Prince's relationship with an obsessed fan. You can read Hwang's account of the collaboration here. The show was never completed.

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