Broadway stars release benefit single for Orlando victims

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NEW YORK CITY, NY — For producer James Wesley and his husband, musician Seth Rudetsky, it was a no-brainer: Re-cast Dionne Warwick’s hit song of the 60’s, “What the World Needs Now is Love,” as a rallying cry against the terror of the Orlando massacre.

In just two days, the pair corralled sixty of Broadway’s biggest stars, like Carole King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Audra McDonald, reports CBS News.

Crammed into a small New York studio, many recorded their parts before heading back to their own shows.

The proceeds go to help the night club victims, and the LGBT community in Orlando.

“You feel very alone when you are growing up gay, and if this young gay kid can hear this song and go, oh my God, these major stars, these beautiful artists are saying it’s okay to be me, they can grow up with a sense of love and hope,” Rudetsky says.

“So now people will be able to listen to the song, feel connected feel a sense of hope, feel maybe a little tinge of optimism that they haven’t had in awhile,” Wesley explains.

“Love wins,” Rudetsky says. “It always does. That’s the thing. It always does.”The benefit single recordingof “What the World Needs Now is Love,” made with help from Broadway Records, is available here and on iTunes.

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