Broadway Records President Van Dean, SiriusXM Radio Host Seth Rudetsky and Producer James Wesley launched the charitable initiative Broadway for Orlando, and gathered an all-star roster of theater artists to record the benefit single “What the World Needs Now is Love,” produced in conjunction with Playbill at Avatar Studios on June 15, 2016. Created to honor the victims and those wounded in the Orlando shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub and aid the surrounding community, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. Check out video of the recording session below.
Featuring: 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, Keala Settle, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, Will Swenson, Rachel Tucker, Tommy Tune, Jonah Verdon, Lillias White, Edith Windsor, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong and Tony Yazbeck.
Executive produced by Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley and Van Dean
Produced by Michael J. Moritz Jr. and Michael Croiter
Music direction and vocal direction by Seth Rudetsky
Orchestrations by Cameron Moncur
Logo Design by Robbie Rozelle
Broadway For Orlando Orchestra, Used with permission by Local 802, AFM
Conducted by Seth Rudestsky (piano), Jorge Avila, Ashley Horne, Justin Smith and Mike Roth (violin), Eddy Malave and JJ Johnson (viola), Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf and Carlo Pellettieri (cello), Grace Paradise (harp), Janet Axelrod (flute), Boris Baev (oboe), David Riekenberg (clarinet), Gili Sharett (cassoon), Bud Burridge and Scott Wendholt (trumpets), Charles Gordon and Jennifer Wharton (trombones), Eric Davis (French horn), Scott Kuney (guitar), Marc Schmied (bass), Ray Marchica (drums) and Bill Hayes (percussion).
Recorded by Engineer Todd Whitelock
Assisted by Avatar Engineers Timothy Marchiafava, Thom Beemer and Luke Klingensmith.
Mixed by Michael Croiter. Mastered byMichael Fossenkemper, Turtle Tone Studios.
Video produced by PLAYBILL
Directed and Edited by Mark Ezovski
Additional funding and donation of goods and services for the Broadway in Orlando initiative made in part by Avatar Studios, Broadway Records, PLAYBILL, Local 802 AFM, Ed Wedberg, Mark Sendroff of Sendroff & Baruch, LLP, Janet Billig Rich, Carroll Music, Charles Gordon, Joey Monda, Karen Evanouskas, Mary J. Davis, Kathie Lee Gifford, Daniel Rafinejad, Gary and Jaime Rubenstein, TuneCore, iTunes, Polk & Co. and Jeremy Daniel Photography, in partnership with The Center, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, serving NYC’s LGBT community. Hospitality and craft services by Blake Ross, Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo, Whole Foods NYC, Kikka Sushi, Hill Country and Schmackary’s Cookies.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.