Three days after the early Sunday morning Orlando massacre, musicians, singers, actors, producers and technicians who are part of the Broadway community, gathered in Avatar Studios in NYC to do what artists do best in response to a crisis, they made a record to raise money. In the spirit of USA for Africa, a supergroup of recoding artists who gathered in 1985 to record Michael Jackson’s & Lionel Richie’s We Are the World, Broadway for Orlando has recorded What the World Needs Now Is Love. The song was written in 1965 by Burt Bacharach & Hal David. It first became a hit for Jackie DeShannon and has since been recorded by over 100 other vocal artists.
Time, space and talent was volunteered to create the recording and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the LGBT Center of Central Florida.
Can you find your favorite Broadway star in the video? The artists who participated in the recording are; Sara Bareilles, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Andréa Burns, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Len Cariou, Paul Castree, Michael Cerveris, Joshua Colley, Lilla Crawford, Carmen Cusack, Darius de Haas, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Kimiko Glenn, Whoopi Goldberg, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Nina Hennessy, James Monroe Iglehart, Julie James, Carole King, Judy Kuhn, Nathan Lane, Anika Larsen, Zachary Levi, Jose Llana, Rebecca Luker, Andrea Martin, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Janet Metz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Donna Murphy, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelli O’Hara, Rory O’Malley, Orfeh, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christine Pedi, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Keala Settle, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, Will Swenson, Rachel Tucker, Tommy Tune, Jonah Verdon, James Wesley, Juli Wesley, Lillias White, Edith Windsor, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong & Tony Yazbeck.
If you would like to contribute to the proceeds raised by the recording, it can be purchased for digital download at these online venues;
Broadway Records is also taking pre-orders for a DVD of the recording.