What the world needs now is gun control and this tear-jerking video. To honor the victims of the June 12 attacks at a gay nightclub in Orlando, some of Broadway’s biggest stars have come together to record a version of “What the World Needs Now is Love.”
Organized by SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, the song features moving vocals by Sara Bareilles, Roger Bart, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Michael Cerveris, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Sutton Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, 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, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong and more. The track is available for purchase at BroadwayRecords.com for $1.99. All proceeds will go to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.
“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 told People.
“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,” he continued. “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!”
Check out the video above to see all of your favorite performers’ lovable faces as the pay tribute and sing the tune.
[ via People ]