On the morning of June 12, while most of Broadway was getting ready to celebrate the biggest night of the year, the 2016 Tony Awards, word came through that a mass shooting had taken place at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. It would be the worst mass shooting in U.S. history—one that occurred at a gay bar.
The Tony Awards immediately sprung into action dedicating that evening’s ceremony to the victims, their families and the entire Orlando community. Several of the evening’s winners mentioned the event during their acceptance speeches.
Three days later, members of the community gathered once again—this time at Avatar Studios in Manhattan and in recording studios in Miami and Los Angeles. Over 60 stars raised their voices for “Broadway for Orlando,” a cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now is Love.” Click here to purchase the song for $1.99—100% of the proceeds from the digital download of “Broadway for Orlando” will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.
Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sarah Jessica Parker and dozens more sing on the track and are featured in the accompanying music video produced and recorded by Playbill and our video producer Mark Ezovski.
Lyrics and singers follow:
SARA BAREILLES: What the world needs now is love, sweet love
CAROLE KING: It's the only thing that there's just too little of
BERNADETTE PETERS: What the world needs now is love, sweet love
AUDRA McDONALD: No not just for some, but for everyone
BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL: Lord we don't need another mountain
WAYNE BRADY: There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
SEAN HAYES/ANDREA MARTIN: There are oceans and rivers
MATTHEW BRODERICK: Enough to cross
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA: Enough to last
MARISSA JARET WINOKUR/ROSIE O’DONNELL: Enough to Last
SEAN HAYES/ANDREA MARTIN/MATTHEW BRODERICK/LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA plus JANET METZ:
'Till the end of time
KRISTEN BELL (with chorus): What the world needs now is love, sweet love
SARAH JESSICA PARKER: It's the only thing that there's just too little of
GLORIA ESTEFAN (with chorus): What the world needs now is love, sweet love
IDINA MENZEL: No not just for some, but for everyone
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Lord we don't need another meadow
BILLY PORTER: There are cornfields and wheat fields, enough to grow
JOSE LLANA/ANDREA BURNS: There are sunbeams and moon beams, enough to shine
LEN CARIOU/TOMMY TUNE: Oh listen, Lord
CHITA RIVERA: If you want to know
JOEL GREY: If you wanna know
LILLIAS WHITE: Whoa!
RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY (with chorus): What the world needs now is love, sweet love
ALICE RIPLEY: It's the only thing that there's just too little of
KIMIKO GLENN: What the world needs now is love, sweet love
BD WONG: No not just for some
JESSIE MUELLER: But for everyone.
KELLI O’HARA: What the world needs now is love, sweet love
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY/LIZ CALLAWAY: What the world needs now is love, sweet love
ROSIE PEREZ: What the world needs now is love, sweet love
CHORUS: What the world needs now is love, sweet love (repeats)
ORFEH What the world needs...
KEALA SETTLE : We need love!
CARMEN CUSACK: What the world needs now
LILLIAS WHITE: What we need now!
KEALA SETTLE: What we need is love
ORFEH: What the world, what the world, what the world needs now
KEALA SETTLE: Let me hear some love
LILLIAS WHITE: Sweet love!
CARMEN CUSACK: Love
ORFEH: What the world, what the world, needs now
CARMEN CUSACK: Love, love, love, love.
Chorus: 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, Seth Rudetsky, Keala Settle, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, Will Swenson, Rachel Tucker, Tommy Tune, Jonah Verdon, James Wesley, Juli Wesley, Lillias White, Edith Windsor, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong and Tony Yazbeck.