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Broadway stars join forces for powerful Orlando tribute single

Joe Williams June 16, 2016

Some the world’s biggest theatre stars will feature on the track.

The biggest names on the Broadway stage are set to produce a charity record in the wake of the shooting in Orlando which claimed the lives of 49 innocent people and saw 53 injured.

Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda – who made an impassioned speech at the Tony’s following the massacre – will collaborate with Sarah Jessica Parker, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell.

The star’s are set to release a cover of Jackie Deshannon’s ‘What the World Needs Now Is Love’.

Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Gloria Estefan, Zachary Levi, Joel Grey, Megan Hilty, Jane Krakowski, Carole King, Rosie Perez and Nathan Lane will also feature on the track.

‘Broadway for Orlando’, is currently available for pre-order now.

The track will be officially released for download on Monday for $1.99 (or £1.40).

All proceeds will go to the LGBT Centre of Central Florida.

“The Broadway community was so terribly shaken and devastated by the horrific tragedy in Orlando,” SiriusXM radio host Seth Rudetsky told People.

“Everyone wanted to do something as quickly as possible that would truly make a difference.”

He went to explain how he came up with the idea.

“On Monday, my husband James woke me up at 7.30am and suggested we rally our friends and colleagues to do a ‘We Are the World’-type recording and raise money for the victims and their families.”

“We started making calls, and suddenly we had tons of theatre actors along with an orchestra and the services of a fully-staffed recording studio, all willing to donating their time and talent.”

“Our community of artists has banded together as we always do to show we can end this cycle of violence and intolerance. Love WILL prevail!”

Meanwhile, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney, 73, showed his solidarity at a concert in Berlin on Tuesday night, appearing with a large rainbow flag.

His tribute comes after Lady Gaga made an appearance at a vigil for the victims of the massacre in LA, dressed in an uncharacteristically low-key outfit in deference to the tragedy.

More: Broadway, Hamilton, LGBT, Orlando

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