Broadway's Finest to perform 'What the World Needs Now is Love' on NBC to mark Orlando tragedy

Broadway’s finest musical artists will be performing an updated version of “What the World Needs Now is Love” for the first time this evening, June 21, on NBC’s Maya and Marty. The airing will mark the first non-studio performance of the benefit single, with appearances by over forty artists, including Tituss Burgess, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Cerveris, and Sean Hayes.

The song, which covers Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s original melody, is the product of Broadway for Orlando, a charitable initiative brought about by the collective energy of the Broadway community to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub. Featuring artists such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Wayne Brady, Gloria Estefan, Idina Menzel, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the recording is available on Broadway Records and iTunes with all proceeds going to the LGBT Center of Central Florida.

NBC’s decision to host the performance of the charitable single comes in the midst of other initiatives taken by the music world to support the families and communities shaken by the Orlando tragedy. Most recently, GLAAD partnered with recording artists Imagine Dragons and Nate Ruess for the ALL IS ONE Orlando Unity Concert taking place this Wednesday June 22 to benefit the OneOrlando Fund. To purchase tickets, click here and don’t forget to tune into Maya and Marty at 10/9c tomorrow night.