Producer James Wesley and his husband, musician-actor-Playbill.com columnist Seth Rudetsky, made an appearance on CBS News to talk about how they managed to wrangle 60 of Broadway's biggest stars to record the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David song “What the World Needs Now Is Love” to help support the LGBT community of Orlando, FL.
Wesley explained how in the wake of the tragic attack at Pulse nightclub, he was riding his bike and listening to the track on his headphones. He felt so inspired by the song that he immediately approached Rudetsky about recording a cover with Broadway performers. The theatre community has long been a beacon for LGBT rights, and the showbiz couple saw this as a prime opportunity to show the world that they stood in unity with those affected.
A host of Broadway stars headed into the studio with Playbill June 15 to record the song. Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg and dozens more sing on the track, which quickly shot to number one on the iTunes charts.
Watch the CBS interview below:
Watch Playbill's exclusive video of the recording session below:
Click here to purchase the song for $1.99—100% of the proceeds from the digital download of “Broadway for Orlando” benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.