With their arms stacked full of shiny new Tony Awards from Sunday night's ceremony, Broadway's best are joining forces to benefit the LGBT community in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Broadway professionals, including (but certainly not limited to) “Waitress” composer Sara Bareilles and star Jessie Mueller, “Hamilton” composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry and living legends Joel Grey, Audra McDonald, Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Heather Headley and Chita Rivera, plan to record a cover of Jackie DeShannon's “What the World Needs Now Is Love” as a super-act called Broadway for Orlando.
All proceeds from the cover — available soon for $1.99 on BroadwayRecords.com — will go straight to the LGBT Center of Central Florida, thanks to Sirius XM Radio host Seth Rudetsky and his producer husband, James Wesley.
Rudetsky told PEOPLE,
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. On Monday, my husband James woke me up at 7:30 am and suggested we rally our friends and colleagues to do a 'We Are the World'-type recording and raise money for the victims and their families. We started making calls, and suddenly we had tons of theater actors along with an orchestra and the services of a fully-staffed recording studio, all willing to donating their time and talent.
If this year's Tony Awards ceremony proved anything, it's Broadway may be the one pocket of mainstream entertainment wise enough to offer love, recognition and opportunity to all artists regardless of race, sexual orientation or any other qualifier that has zero effect on talent but is consistently used to keep certain performers from having an equal chance at success.
It's no surprise the community is immediately rallying to ease the suffering of the LGBT community.
During his acceptance speech at Sunday's award ceremony, Miranda reminded viewers,
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer and love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.