Broadway4Orlando: 'What the World Needs Now' on 'Maya & Marty'

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 01:40 PM Written by 


To paraphrase "Hamilton," Broadway people, they get the job done.

BwayCloseUpAfter hearing of the horror in a gay nightclub in Orlando, many of us wanted to know what we could do to help the shooting victims and their families.

Broadway maven and radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, James Wesley, had the idea to take a page from the "We Are the World" playbook and record the Hal David-Burt Bacharach "What the World Needs Now (Is Love)" as a fundraiser for the LBGT Center of Central Florida.

As it happens, they have a lot of friends who can sing.

Among the Broadway who's who of singers with local ties were Michael Cerveris, who recently was in Pittsburgh with Rudetsky for a Pittsburgh CLO cabaret event; soloist Billy Porter, and Renee Elise Goldsberry.

Other voices heard on the recording include "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Sara Bareilles, Nathan Lane, Carole King, Tommy Tune, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brody, Gloria Estefan, Fran Drescher, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Idina Menzel, Jessie Mueller, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mathew Broderick, Rosie Perez and Bernadette Peters.

The Broadway All-Stars' recording can be downloaded for $1.99 at

Many in the original group were joined by more musical theater stars to sing the song on Monday night's "Maya & Marty," an NBC variety show hosted by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short.

As faces flashed on the TV screen it was fun to pick out the familiar ones, such as Rosie Perez and beside Porter and Cerveris in the front row. Broadway royalty stood shoulder to shoulder, with Chita Rivera beside Joel Grey and Norm Lewis next to Brian Stokes Mitchell. Megan Hilty was up front and started things off, Kelli O'Hara and Jessie Mueller had solos, and Len Cariou sang out in the back with Victor Garber. There were the Callaway sisters, Liz and Ann, and Cynthia Erivo of "The Color Purple" ...


Here's the rest of the list from NBC: Roger Bart, Charles Busch, Paul Castree, Kevin Chamberlin, Josh Colley, Lilla Crawford, Carmen Cusack, Darius de Haas, Carole Demas, Fran Drescher, Brian G Gallagher, Frankie Grande, Sean Hayes, Christopher Scott Icenogle, Bill Irwin, Julie James, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Liz Larsen, Jose Llana, Lorna Luft, Beth Malone, Andrea Martin, Janet Metz, Debra Monk, Lacretta Nicole, Rory O'Malley, Orfeh, Laura Osnes, Christine Pedi, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Keala Settle, Marc Shaiman, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, Rachel Tucker, Jonah Verdon, Max Von Essen, James Wesley, Juli Wesley, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong and Point Park alum Tony Yazbeck.

Top photo: Virginia Sherwood/NBC


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