21 June 2016
In the wake of Orlando shooting, Broadway’s greatest stars recorded a special version of Burt Bacharach’s classic song, “What the World Needs Now is Love” to send out love and commiserate with those affected by the shooting.
Proceeds of the song which was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York would go to the LGBT Centre of Central Florida.
The session was orchestrated by SiriusXM host, Seth Rudetsky and his producer husband, James Wesley.
Over 60 artists featured on the track. They include, Kristen Bell, Carole King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Whoopi Goldberg, Idina Menzel, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Broadway’s stars had before now taken time to reflect on the horrible tragedy that led to the death of 49 people and left another 53 injured by dedicating this year’s Tony Awards to victims of the attack.
The video of the recording opens with a montage of singers offering condolences to victims.
“The Broadway community was so terribly shaken and devastated by the horrific tragedy in Orlando,” Rudetsky said. “Everyone wanted to do something as quickly as possible that would truly make a difference,” he added.
“All of us in the Broadway community are deeply saddened by the senseless tragedy that occurred in Orlando,” actors including Sean Hayes and Gloria Estefan told the camera.
“We send our love and support, thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this act of violence and hate.
“This terrible cycle of violence and intolerance must end.”
Forty-nine people were killed when the shooter, Omar Mateen opened fire inside the Pulse Orlando gay club on June 12. Security operatives brought the attack to an end and killed the gunman.
Watch the video here: