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Broadway for Orlando Raises Funds to Help Tragedy Victims

Written by Agenda Florida

NEW YORK–SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, organized the Broadway community in the self-styled Broadway for Orlando to raise funds for the families of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy through

“The Broadway community was so terribly shaken and devastated by the horrific tragedy in Orlando. Everyone wanted to do something as quickly as possible that would truly make a difference,” Rudetsky told People magazine. “On Monday, my husband James woke me up at 7:30 a.m. 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 theater 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!”

Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Michael Cerveris, Gloria Estefan, Sutton Foster, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Heather Headley, Megan Hilty, Bill Irwin, Carole King, Jane Krakowski, Nathan Lane, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others, got together and recorded a cover of Burt Bacharach’s 1965 song “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

100 percent of the proceeds from sales of the song, available for download at $1.99 on, will go to benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.

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