Love is love. Some of Broadway’s biggest stars gathered together on NBC’s Maya and Marty to perform their new Orlando charity single, “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” on Tuesday, June 21.
Performers, including Smash alum Megan Hilty and Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes, appeared alongside hosts Maya Rudolph and Martin Short to sing their version of the 1965 Burt Bacharach–Hal David classic.
“Following the tragedy in Orlando, Broadway performers came together to perform a song in support of victims and their families,” Rudolph said in a somber moment before the performance.
The Broadway for Orlando track was recorded on June 15 and features more than 60 stars, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Carole King, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Proceeds from the recording benefit the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida in the wake of the horrific June 12 shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse, which left 49 people dead and another 53 injured.
“All of us in the Broadway community are deeply saddened by the senseless tragedy that occurred in Orlando,” the artists said in a joint video statement at the start of a recording session clip released by Playbill. “We send our love and support and thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this act of violence and hate.”
For Orlando, with love, sweet love. Xo Broadway #BroadwayForOrlando https://t.co/zgsleShyq8
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) June 20, 2016
Earlier this month, Miranda was brought to tears at the Tonys while accepting Hamilton’s Best Original Score award, just one day after the shooting.
“When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day,” he recited in an original sonnet on stage. “This show is proof that history remembers . . . And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love.”
Broadway for Orlando's "What the World Needs Now Is Love" is available now on iTunes.
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