As a full blown crier no matter what Broadway tune hits my well trained ears – yes, I cry when I hear “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady and “You’re the Top” from Anything Goes, and let’s not even talk about “There’s No Business Like Show Business” because I’ll burst just thinking about it. But no judgments right? We’re all here together on our emotional and slightly obsessive musical journey moving caustically to the Broadway beats that touch our soul.
It therefore came as no surprise that my tear ducts were in immediate overdrive when I clicked on the newly released rendition of “What the World Needs Now Is Love” recorded, by many, if not most, of my favorite Broadway legends for victims of the Orlando massacre. With a video release on Monday June 20th and a primetime showcase on “Maya and Marty” on Tuesday, by Wednesday morning the song was at the top of the iTunes charts.
I was instantaneously two boxes of Kleenex in as I watched these incredible artists, with heaven only knows how many Tony’s between them, sing a song that brought back memories of Rupert Everett belting his heart out into Julia Roberts’ bright red curly hair, or the incomparable Burt Bacharach serenading Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley as they danced the night away on a double decker bus through Las Vegas. The music made us smile in the movies we adore and the weight of the words, their pointed clarity, pierce right where they should in a time like this, the heart.
The amount currently raised by this epic project has yet to be disclosed but by the looks of it, in the wake of such an unspeakable tragedy, the song’s resounding message of love and light and the fact that we need more of it, not just yesterday or in the future, but NOW, is the paradigm that can make a difference.
A huge thank you and shout out goes to SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband James Wesley for organizing this “Broadway for Orlando” project. The recording is now for sale online and the LGBT Center of Central Florida will be receiving 100% of the proceeds.
If Sarah Jessica Parker, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristen Bell, Carole King, Bernadette Peters, Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel, Gloria Estefan, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, Andrea Martin, and many MANY more can squeeze into a tiny studio to record this for us, we can all click on the link, buy the recording, cry while we watch it, and support the people that need our love.
Oh and here’s the live “Maya and Marty” version. Get your Kleenex, people.
Rene Lovit is a writer, comedienne, and actress based in Los Angeles, California. She likes her friends like she likes her martinis…strong, fabulous and extra dirty.
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