After the 70th Annual Tony Awards last weekend, which were dedicated to the victims of the Orlando shooting earlier that week; the Broadway community are now coming together to release a charity single.
Dionne Warwick’s 1965 hit, “What the world needs now is love” is being re-recorded by the likes of some of Broadway’s biggest stars to raise funds for the LGBT Centre of Central Florida. The project has been called ‘Broadway for Orlando’ and will feature the talents of Lin Manuel-Miranda, Bernadette Peters, Carole King, Jane Krakowski, Sara Bareilles, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, Idina Menzel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zachary Levi and even more other famous faces.
As well as the single, which is due to be released via Broadwayrecords.com on Monday (20th June), there is set to be a video made to accompany it.
The theatre community openly showed their support for the victims of the shooting and their families at Sunday night’s Tony Awards; with James Corden and Lin-Manuel Miranda amongst others giving speeches to remind the world that love will prevail over hate.
In regards to the single as an initiative, Seth Rudetsky, one of the executive producers of the track said, “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.”
Watch James Corden’s tribute to Orlando from the Tony’s below: