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Local connection to Broadway recording

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The shock waves from the Orlando shooting are still being felt across the U.S. In response, the biggest names on Broadway recorded the cover of a classic Burt Bacharach song and a man from Youngstown was one of the producers.

Tuesday night on NBC's Maya and Marty show, Michael Moritz played the piano for the performance of "What the World Needs Now is Love."

It's a familiar song with a whole new meaning now.

"What the world needs now is love sweet love," sings Sara Bareilles. "It's the only thing that there's just too little of," chimed in Carole King.

Three days after the country's deadliest mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, the who's who of Broadway joined their voices together to send a message of love.

"It was a whole lot of everyone kind of going through their phones and just texting everyone they knew who people would know to see if they joined and everyone who we asked that was available came, so it was great," said Moritz via Skype.

The Cardinal Mooney and YSU grad was among the stars that included Gloria Estefan, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell. There were a total of 65 singers involved.

"I produced the track. I mixed the track, kind of what I used to do back home only in New York City with a lot of different people haha."

Moritz just happened to be in the Broadway Records recording studio, when he was asked to join the Broadway for Orlando effort. 

"I think it's the best and the only way they know how to respond to something like this," he explained.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of the track sold on broadwayrecords.com and iTunes are going to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. 

A powerful cry for peace from some of the world's most powerful voices. 

Details haven't been released yet but Moritz is also working on a big charity concert with the Broadway community that will take place in Orlando next month.
 

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