Broadway stars to release LGBT charity single

Sarah Jessica Parker, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan and Idina Menzel are among the Broadway stars who have come together to record a song to raise money for the LGBT community in Florida.

The group, dubbed Broadway for Orlando, are recording a cover of Jackie DeShannon’s 1965 hit “What the World Needs Now Is Love”; PEOPLE and Playbill will exclusively release the music video on Friday; and the track will be available to download on Monday.

All proceeds from sales of the song – available to download for $1.99 on BroadwayRecords.com – will go to benefit the LGBT Center of Central Floridahttp://www.thecenterorlando.org/.

The also line-up includes Sara Bareilles, Roger Bart, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Michael Cerveris, Sutton Foster, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Heather Headley, Megan Hilty, Bill Irwin, Carole King, Jane Krakowski, Nathan Lane, Zachary Levi, Andrea Martin, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelli O’Hara, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur and BD Wong.

SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, decided to organize the musical tribute and fundraiser – which was inspired by the 1985 charity track “We Are the World” – on Monday morning and moved quickly.

“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,” said Seth Rudetsky., who has organised the tribute.

“On Monday, my husband James woke me up at 7:30 a.m. and suggested we rally our friends and colleagues to do a ‘We Are the World’-type recording and raise money for the victims and their families. We started making calls, and suddenly we had tons of theater actors along with an orchestra and the services of a fully-staffed recording studio, all willing to donating their time and talent.

“Our community of artists has banded together as we always do to show we can end this cycle of violence and intolerance. Love WILL prevail!”

 

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