Broadway stars sing tribute to victims of Orlando massacre
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Some of the biggest names in Broadway gathered together to sing a rendition of, "What the World Needs Now is Love," to raise money for the LGBT Center of Central Florida following the deadly attacks at an gay nightclub in Orlando.
The song was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City.
According to the New York Daily News, SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband James Wesley helped organize the project, "Broadway for Orlando."
"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 an interview with NY Daily News.
According to the Huffington Post, "Hamilton" star Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristen Bell, Gloria Estefan, Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Perez, Sara Bareilles and Wayne Brody were among the 60-plus artists who participated in the song’s recording session.
On Tuesday night, some of the stars from the recording session will be joined by more big names to perform the song on NBC’s sketch comedy Maya & Marty.
According to Entertainment Weekly, those performing Tuesday night include: Roger Bart, Andrea Burns, Tituss Burgess, Charles Busch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Paul Castree, Michael Cerveris, Kevin Chamberlin, Lilla Crawford, Cynthia Erivo, Victor Garber, Ana Gasteyer, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Frankie James Grande, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty, James Monroe Iglehart, Judy Kuhn, Jose Llana, Anika Larsen, Beth Malone, Andrea Martin, Janet Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Kelli O’Hara, Rory O’Malley, Orfeh, Christine Pedi, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Keala Settle, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, James Wesley, Juli Wesley, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur and B.D. Wong.
A copy of the song is available at broadwayrecords.com and iTunes. All proceeds go to the LGBT Center of Central Florida.