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Broadway's Best to Record Special Single to Benefit Victims of Orlando Shooting

The stars of the Great White Way will create a new version of a Burt Bacharach hit.

Will Swenson and Audra McDonald will take part in a charitable recording of "What the World Needs Now Is Love" to benefit the victims and wounded in the Orlando shooting massacre.
(© David Gordon)

The toast of Broadway will gather together for a charitable recording of the single "What the World Needs Now Is Love" to benefit the victims of the Orlando shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub. Produced by Broadway Records, Seth Rudetsky, and James Wesley, the single will be available as a digital download beginning June 20.

"What the World Needs Now Is Love" (music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David) is executive-produced by Rudetsky, Wesley and Dean, and produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. and Michael Croiter. Music direction is by Rudetsky, Steve Marzullo, and Marc Shaiman, orchestrations are by Cameron Moncur, and vocal arrangements are by Rudetsky. Marzullo will conduct the 25-piece orchestra.

Participating artists will record in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. The list includes (in alphabetical order) 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, B.D. Wong, and Tony Yazbeck.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the LGBT Center of Central Florida.