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What the World Needs Now is Love: Broadway stars record charity single to benefit Orlando nightclub victims

A 25-piece orchestra will join vocals from New York, Los Angeles and Miami

Mark Kennedy - The Associated Press

June 15, 2016

Dozens of Broadway stars, including (from left) Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald and Nathan Lane, who were horrified by the Orlando nightclub shooting have lent their voices to recording a new version of the iconic 1965 song What the World Needs Now is Love in support of LGBT Center of Central Florida. (Associated Press)

Dozens of Broadway stars horrified by the Orlando nightclub shooting have lent their voices to recording a new version of the iconic 1965 song What the World Needs Now is Love, with all proceeds going to help the LGBT Center of Central Florida.

The project is inspired by the 1985 We Are the World benefit for Africa.

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It will include Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Wayne Brady, Sara Bareilles, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Kristen Bell, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Gloria Estefan, Carole King, Megan Hilty, Rosie O'Donnell, James Monroe Iglehart, Nathan Lane, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Billy Porter, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Alice Ripley, Tommy Tune and Whoopi Goldberg.

New Hamilton Tony Award winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and RenĂ©e Elise Goldsberry will also participate.

A 25-piece orchestra will accompany the singers in New York, as well as contributing voices in Los Angeles and Miami.

The digital download of the Burt Bacharach song will be sold for $1.99 US and be available Monday at Broadway Records' website and on iTunes thereafter.

The effort was dreamed up by SiriusXM radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley.

There have been tributes around the globe honouring those killed in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)
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