UPDATED, 10:45 AM: Here is the link to the music video for “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” the Broadway fundraiser for LGBT Center of Central Florida, receiving 100% of the proceeds from sales of the $1.99 recording.
PREVIOUS, June 15 PM: Broadway Records president Van Dean, SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley today announced the fundraising initiative Broadway for Orlando and an all-star roster of theater artists to record the Burt Bacharach-Hal David standard “What The World Needs Now Is Love.” Created to honor the murdered and wounded in the Orlando shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub, and to aid the surrounding community, the recording will sell online for $1.99, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the LGBT Center of Central Florida.
The digital download will be available purchase beginning June 20, and iTunes shortly thereafter.
“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. 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 donate their time and talent.”
Participating artists scheduled to record in New York (and remotely in Los Angeles and Miami) include:
Sara Bareilles, Roger Bart, 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, Christopher Fitzgerald, Sutton Foster, Kimiko Glenn, Whoopi Goldberg, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Heather Headley, Nina Hennessy, Megan Hilty, James Monroe Iglehart, Bill Irwin, Carole King, Jane Krakowski, Judy Kuhn, Nathan Lane, Anika Larsen, Jennifer Lewis, Zachary Levi, Jose Llana, Rebecca Luker, Andrea Martin, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Donna Murphy, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelli O’Hara, Rory O’Malley, Orfeh, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Keala Settle, Kate Shindle, Christopher Sieber, Jennifer Simard, Will Swenson, Rachel Tucker, Tommy Tune, Jonah Verdon, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong and Tony Yazbeck.