Around 2 a.m. EST on Sunday, June 12, 29-year-old Omar Mateen entered Orlando, FL LGBT club Pulse and opened fire, killing 49 and injuring many more. It's been declared the worst mass shooting in modern American history, and people are outraged, justifiably so. Musicians have shown their support and the 2016 Tony Awards dedicated the entire show to victims of the assault.
One of the more memorable moments at the Tonys was when Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda accepted an award with a sonnet dedicated to his wife and those affected by the incident in Orlando, declaring multiple times, "Love is love." That was just the beginning: Miranda, alongside 69 other Broadway greats, various celebrities and pop star Sara Bareilles have joined forces to record a song to benefit the people of Orlando.
Rolling Stone reports more than 60 voices will be on the track, including including Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Kristen Bell, Gloria Estefan, Megan Hilty, Rosie O'Donnell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sutton Foster, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bernadette Peters, Fran Drescher, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Whoopi Goldberg and many others.
The track in question will be a cover, the 1965 Hal David and Burt Bacharach song, "What the World Needs Now Is Love." Watch a little tease of the process above.
Then watch Miranda's speech below, and listen to our intro-to-Hamilton playlist.