Stars Of Broadway Unite For Orlando Charity Single: What The World Needs Now Is Love [VIDEO]

I can’t even imagine how many Tonys this ensemble has between them.  Via Playbill:

Broadway’s biggest stars united to raise their voices in support of the victims and those wounded in the Orlando shooting massacre, the worst in U.S. history, that took place at Pulse nightclub June 12—an act that targeted LGBTQ individuals and their allies. The new benefit single, a recording of Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” which is produced in conjunction with Playbill at Avatar Studios, can now be downloaded at It will be released on iTunes shortly. All proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida. Broadway Records President Van Dean, musical director/media personality Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley spearhead the charitable initiative Broadway for Orlando.

Raising their voices in song are Sara Bareilles, 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, Kimiko Glenn, Whoopi Goldberg, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Heather Headley, Nina Hennessy, Megan Hilty, James Monroe Iglehart, Bill Irwin, Carole King, Judy Kuhn, Nathan Lane, Anika Larsen, Jennifer Lewis, Zachary Levi, Jose Llana, Rebecca Luker, Andrea Martin, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Janet Metz, 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, Jennifer Simard, Will Swenson, Rachel Tucker, Tommy Tune, Jonah Verdon, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur, B.D. Wong and Tony Yazbeck.

If anybody wants to actually tackle that Tony count, let us know your total.

  • HeyBudBoston

    I’m pissed off that we need this in 2016. And crying.

    • CanuckDon

      Some 50 years later from listening to it as a young boy thinking back then that a song could make everything alright. It’s still difficult to accept that life doesn’t quite happen that way.

      • prixator

        To me, it made everything alright for 6 minutes. I won’t complain about that.

    • Michael

      We’ll need it many, many more times, long after you and I are worm food. Human beings don’t learn from their mistakes as often as they should.(How many mass shootings have we endured to get to the point where some action has been taken? And, how significant will that action be? I suspect that Congress will do only enough to placate Americans and not nearly enough to piss off the NRA.)

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    While I am so thankful for this and love it…and love the fact that Chita is still going strong, why is Gloria Estefan in this? One show? Others are far more deserving to be in it. I know. Quit bitching.

    • JT

      At least your hubbie was in it. 😉

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Jackie and are estranged. Sadly he turned out to be gay, can you believe it?

    • ElenorRigby

      Becuase she’s sold more records than the rest of the room combined.

    • lattebud

      I am wondering what the criteria was to participate… “You free on Wednesday at 12:30? Lunch won’t be provided”

    • leo77

      The fact that she is an enormously popular Latin American artist with roots in the Florida Latin American/Carribean community makes her participation pretty appropriate.

      • Circ09

        This x 100. Plus, I’m pretty sure her daughter is family.

    • DirtyPierre

      oh shut up.

    • prixator

      Current Broadway show – “On Your Feet!” is based on her (and Emilio’s) life.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Yes. One show. One. Uno.

        • StudioTodd

          And Edie Windsor was there also…would you deny her as well? You sound jealous.

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            Honey, I have seen more shows on Broadway than you can possibly imagine. I just don’t understand including her and I didn’t get why she was on stage during the Tony Awards. I was embarrassed for her.

          • StudioTodd

            Like I thought…jealous.

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            I know you are, but what am i… now go back over to the kiddie corner.

          • StudioTodd

            Thanks for that–haven’t laughed that hard in a long, long time.

        • prixator

          I don’t understand your bitterness, here. I’m certainly no Broadway aficionado, but why was Carole King there then? She has one show about her, too, no?

          I just appreciate these people giving there time and energy – and you are just wrong here. Sorry.

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            I really don’t get either of them being there. I hate “jukebox’ musicals. There is nothing creative about them. ” Let’s put hits on stage.” Nothing worse in my opinion. And it is mine alone. I doubt you will ever see Carol King (who I do love) or any of the other “composers” ever have a musical on Broadway again. Cyndi Lauper and Rupert Holmes are the rare exceptions as they wrote actual musicals.

          • prixator

            Opinion noted. But this is about a charity song to raise money. Both Gloria and Carole have a legitimate claim to be associated with Broadway. They also have many fans that will, hopefully, buy the beautiful single and bring in the bucks.

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            Okay.. you come here right this minute and let’s hug this out. Okay.. yeah, that feels good. Screw Carol King, Cyndi, Gloria, and the rest of them.. let’s go download that single and have a very dirty martini.

          • prixator

            Is there any other one worth having?

            (And I want to bump pretties, too, while we’re at it.)

  • Joe in PA

    Look who I spied: yayayayayay

  • Villager

    Crying & singing along.. This is great but shouldn’t the lead say how
    many Tonys this ensemble has among them, not between them.
    I know I’m being the grammar police. Can’t help myself.

    • TuuxKabin

      I agree. I was kinda surprised of the usage ‘between’, but for this, eh, I can let it go. However I will not tolerate such mis-usage again. /s

    • David Walker

      Unfortunately, I’m too used that. What interrupted my afterglow was “Executive Produced by…” and “Associate Produced by…” WTF? I’ll take the between/among confusion of “Executive Produced” any day.

  • JT

    I thought so. That was Edith Windsor shown at the end.


    • prixator

      She was mentioned in the credits, as well.

      It’s silly, I know, but I feel such pride that she was able to marry Thea in my country and my city.

  • TK


    But…If I never hear “thoughts and prayers” again it will be too soon.

    • lattebud

      When someone says that, I always ask “And what are you praying for? How about thinking about how to prevent an attack like this in the future and praying for action by leadership and communities to make it a reality?”

      • David Walker

        I’ve shortened that to “…because it’s worked so well before.”

    • Rex

      It’s become a stock response, like asking someone “how are you?” when you meet, or signing a letter “sincerely”. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, but when used over and over after a mass tragedy it does seem trite, like it’s just one more horrible event, say the phrase, and move on.

      • David Walker

        I watched President Obama’s weekly speech Saturday and was happy to notice that he didn’t end it with “God bless America” or “You are in America’s thoughts and prayers.” Perhaps he’s evolving on that, too.

  • ElenorRigby

    While I’m sure this makes everyone feel good about themselves and might raise some money (to add to their mounting millions of “I care after something horrible happens” money), how about they sing a song called “bring us some sensible gun control legislation” and not just hop on the “look how much we care” bandwagon?

    Sorry, I’m so sick and tired of “thoughts and prayers” and people calling it “a horrible tragedy” as if it’s even that out of the ordinary to happen. This isn’t a tragedy, this is just… The new normal.

  • Joel Showalter

    My count is 55 Tonys, 47 Drama Desk Awards, 24 Grammys, 25 Emmys, and 2 Academy Awards. (But I could be off by a few. It’s early.)

    • Lakeview Bob

      Very cool.

  • DaddyRay

    I am going to go out on a limb and say there was probably a little bit of drama deciding who was going to get solo parts but I really appreciate that they are all professionals and did not let that show through

  • DirtyPierre

    What a beautiful rendition, a fitting, healing lament for the inhumanity and hate in this world. I have always loved this song since Dionne Warwick first brought it to my attention..goes to show how music brings the message home. thank you Broadway Cares for doing this. much love.

    • Guest

      It was Jackie DeShannon.

      • prixator

        He said “first brought it to my attention”.

      • DirtyPierre

        Jackie’s version was pretty good, but my mom had Dionne Warwick’s Golden Hits and her version is the one I liked the best.

  • The Sentinel

    Lovely but, seriously, can we shelve the “thoughts and prayers” nonsense. They do absolutely nothing.

    • Lakeview Bob

      Thoughts are good. Prayers are stupid.

      • StudioTodd

        Both are basically worthless.

  • Gianpiero

    This is what artists and artistry can do—take a song that is as old and worn out as this one and infuse it with new life and beauty.

  • Hank

    Unbelievable is all my mind keeps saying after reading the list!!!

  • Lakeview Bob

    OMG! OMG! OMG! That was just amazing. All of the shiniest stars on Broadway were there. Just awesome and so worthy of their effort!

    As an aside, I don’t know how others may feel but it is always good to hear a french horn in pop music. I wish it would make a big comeback.

  • M Jackson

    After reading that list someone’s going to have to throw a glass of iced tea on me to make me settle.

  • Randy503

    Made me cry.

    This is what makes America so special — only here do we respond to a mass tragedy with a song that brings together our best talent. We don’t need kings or princes, or oligarghs, or popes, or bishops, or rich businessmen to tell us how to mourn. We don’t need them to show us how to respond.

    Instead, it’s average people who have un-average talents for singing, loving, doing what they do best to help us on our way.

    • James

      Actually, the first charity single was by George Harrison, and they’re still far more common in the UK than the US.

  • leastyebejudged

    I hope this doesn’t go down as well as Band AID did.