By Hayden Wright
Sunday night’s Tony Awards featured countless tributes to victims of the gay-club massacre that killed nearly 50 people in Orlando. And now, some of Broadway’s biggest stars have come together for another benefit for survivors and victims’ families. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, Sara Bareilles and more have joined forces to record a “We Are the World”-style Broadway version of “What the World Needs Now is Love,” the Dionne Warwick hit by Hal David and Burt Bacharach.
The tribute will also include Audra McDonald, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Kristen Bell, Gloria Estefan, Megan Hilty, Rosie O’Donnell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters, Fran Drescher, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Whoopi Goldberg and many more, reported Rolling Stone. Proceeds will benefit the LGBT Centers of Central Florida, who are providing relief to members of the state’s LGBT community.
The recording was organized by Broadway Records President Van Dean, musical director and radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley.
“The Broadway community was so terribly shaken and devastated by the horrific tragedy in Orlando. Everyone wanted to do something as quickly as possible that would truly make a difference,” Rudetsky said in a statement.
Sara Bareilles shared this teaser from the recording session:
This is a teaser from a beautiful day built on intention...asking for more love in the name of #BroadwayforOrlando with just about every huge heart on Broadway and Beyond. @sethrudetsky and co have done wondrous things and I am honored to be among the voices lifted in love. I'm saving the sound so you hear the finished product. #yawelcome #love