Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Debra Messing, Rosie Perez, Darren Criss, Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless and many, many more Broadway stars performed an emotional version of “What the World Needs Now Is Love” at the Democratic Convention on Wednesday.
More than 40 performers lined the stage in Philadelphia to sing the song, which was recorded to honor the victims from the Orlando nightclub massacre in June. Proceeds from the tune benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.
The performance follows a day of speeches centered on the theme of gun control reform, with speakers including Lee Daniels, Angela Bassett and survivors of the Orlando nightclub shooting taking the stage to stand behind Hillary Clinton.
Daniels told the crowd, “We need to take action, and we need to take action now,” stating his support of Hillary Clinton. “There’s only one candidate willing to take on the gun lobby and keep our families safe.”
The Broadway performance had the crowd in Philadelphia on their feet singing along, concluding with a loud “Love trumps hate” chant in the audience.