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Broadway stars record 'What the World Needs Now' to honor Orlando victims

The Broadway community has added its collective voice to the outcry against the day's horrific violence.
/ Source: TODAY

Using music, the Broadway community is adding its collective voice to the outcry against the June 12 shooting at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.

Its brightest stars recently got together at Avatar Studios in New York to record a special version of the classic Burt Bacharach song, "What the World Needs Now is Love," to benefit victims of the deadly shooting. The session was orchestrated by SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley.

All of the proceeds from the song's sale will be donated to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.

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The voices of over 60 artists are featured on the track, including Kristen Bell, Carole King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Whoopi Goldberg, Idina Menzel, Sarah Jessica Parker. And this isn't the first time Broadway's stars have taken time to reflect on the horrible tragedy that led to the deaths of 49 people and left another 53 injured. This year's Tony Awards were dedicated to the deadly spree.

"Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal, is embraced and is loved," the Awards' host James Corden said at the outset of the program. "... Tonight's show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle."

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The new recording, too, is a chance to continue that celebration of pride, love and acceptance.

“The Broadway community was so terribly shaken and devastated by the horrific tragedy in Orlando,” Rudetsky told PEOPLE. “Everyone wanted to do something as quickly as possible that would truly make a difference.”