NBC’s summer variety series Maya & Marty on Tuesday will air the first nonstudio performance of “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” the new single benefiting the Orlando LGBT community that dropped its music video today. The new take on the updated Burt Bacharach-Hal David staple features about 60 Broadway stars, who recorded the song last week for the Broadway for Orlando initiative.
Scheduled to appear on the telecast hosted by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are Roger Bart, Andrea Burns, Tituss Burgess, Charles Busch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Paul Castree, Michael Cerveris, Kevin Chamberlin, Lilla Crawford, Cynthia Erivo, Victor Garber, Ana Gasteyer, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Frankie James Grande, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Joshua Henry, Megan Hilty, James Monroe Iglehart, Judy Kuhn, Jose Llana, Anika Larsen, Beth Malone, Andrea Martin, Janet Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Kelli O’Hara, Rory O’Malle, Orfeh, Christine Pedi, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Keala Settle, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, James Wesley, Juli Wesley, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur and B.D. Wong.
“Ever since this tragedy happened, which touched so many people in the world as well as our company in Orlando, we’ve been looking for more ways to raise awareness and help the victims and their families,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “Lorne Michaels and I are so pleased to showcase this song of love — about love — and we thank the Broadway community, producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, and Van Dean of Broadway Records for putting this incredible recording together so quickly.”
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