‘Maya & Marty’ to feature ‘What the World Needs Now is Love’ performance benefiting Orlando LGBT community
On Tuesday night’s new episode of “Maya & Marty,” there will be laughter; at the same time, there’s also going to be something more serious as we get the first TV performance of “What the World Needs Now is Love,” an updated version of the classic song meant to benefit the LGBT community in Orlando following the horrific shooting there earlier this month.
This performance is going to feature a number of Broadway icons and TV actors who got together to record the performance, including Whoopi Goldberg, B.D. Wong, Tituss Burgess, Victor Garber, Ana Gasteyer, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Sean Hayes, and Megan Hilty. It’s an impressive group trying to raise money for an extremely worthy cause.
In speaking about this particular fundraiser, and the upcoming TV performance, to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC Entertainment head Bob Greenblatt had the following to say:
“Ever since this tragedy happened, which touched so many people in the world as well as our company in Orlando, we’ve been looking for more ways to raise awareness and help the victims and their families … Lorne Michaels and I are so pleased to showcase this song of love — about love — and we thank the Broadway community, producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, and Van Dean of Broadway Records for putting this incredible recording together so quickly. On behalf of Maya, Marty and everyone at NBC, please buy it so we can directly help the LGBT community in Orlando!”
We’ll have more coverage of this performance come Tuesday night, and we expect it to be nothing short of powerful.