These Broadway Stars Are Recording A Song To Raise Money For LGBT Community
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,
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,