Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Darren Criss, Kristen Bell, and more unite on Philadelphia stage

By Will Robinson
Updated July 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Broadway made its way down to Broad Street for a special Democratic National Convention performance.

A giant musical group led by Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Darren Criss, Kristen Bell, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Lena Hall performed the ’60s pop standard, “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

Myriad musical theater stars united last month to record a cover of the song, by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, to raise money for victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting that killed 49 people.

“The Broadway community was so terribly shaken and devastated by the horrific tragedy in Orlando. Everyone wanted to do something as quickly as possible that would truly make a difference,” SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky said last month. “My husband [producer James Wesley] … suggested we rally our friends and colleagues to do a ‘We Are the World’-type recording and raise money for the victims and their families. We started making calls, and suddenly we had tons of theater actors along with an orchestra and the services of a fully-staffed recording studio, all willing to donating their time and talent.”

See their rousing performance above. The DNC runs through Thursday night.

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