Tonight on Maya & Marty, over 60 Broadway stars joined together to sing a version of “What The World Needs Now Is Love” for the Orlando shooting victims and their families. Tonight was the first time the song was ever performed live, and included multiple Broadway stars, like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, Gloria Estefan, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Audra McDonald, Sara Bareilles, Bernadette Peters, Carole King, Tommy Tune, and more. The song was officially released on Monday.
The song can be purchased right here for $1.99– all of the proceeds will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida. SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky told People magazine that the song choice came from the 1985 “We Are the World” benefit for Africa. He sent on to say, “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.”
Luis S. Vielma has been identified as one of the victims of the Orlando Mass Shooting. Here’s a tribute to the 22-year-old.