Scores of Broadway stars will record a new version of the 1965 song “What the World Needs Now is Love,” originally sung by Jackie DeShannon, with proceeds going to the LGBT Center of Central Florida.
People magazine reports SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, organized the recording which was inspired by the We Are the World benefit recording for Africa in 1985.
“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 press release.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Sara Bareilles, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Kristen Bell, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Gloria Estefan, Carole King, Rosie O’Donnell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nathan Lane, Fran Drescher, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Alice Ripley, Tommy Tune, BD Wong, Whoopi Goldberg and more will sing on the track.
Pre-order purchase for the song is $1.99 on BroadwayRecords.com and will be available for download on Monday, June 20.