WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE, SWEET LOVE – Broadway for Orlando Charity Single – updated


The Broadway community has gathered together to produce a charity single to honor the victims of the Orlando massacre.  They have given the Bacharach/David classic “What the World Needs Now is Love” the “We are the World” treatment, and the result is absolutely lovely.

Watch the video below, but be sure to purchase and download the song at the Broadway for Orlando website too (Itunes will carry it as well in a few days).  100% of the proceeds go to benefit the LGBT Community Center of Orlando.


You’ll probably easily spot universally recognizable Whoopie Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, and Rosie Perez as well as Broadway legends Bernadette Peters, Audra MacDonald, Chita Rivera and Lin-Manuel Miranda.  And look, there’s husband and wife team Mathew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker!  And Joel Grey!  Sean Hayes!  Carole King!  Gloria Estefan!  and…

Oh, here’s a copy of the list of participants from the website:

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, Kimiko Glenn, Whoopi Goldberg, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Nina Hennessey, James Monroe Iglehart, Julie James, Carole King, Judy Kuhn, Nathan Lane, Anika Larsen, 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, Christine Pedi, 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, Edith Windsor, Marissa Jaret Winokur, B.D. Wong and Tony Yazbeck.



Broadway for Orlando performed on the NBC Comedy/Variety show Maya and Marty on Tuesday (June 21).  Some new faces and soloists joined in, creating a unique performance.  The video can be watched on the show’s website, linked here.

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 40 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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