49 poor souls have been murdered and another 53 wounded in a terror attack by a Muslim extremist targeting the LGBT community at nightclub Pulse in Orlando, FL, and in response Broadway stars have joined together with a cheesy version of the Bacharach classic "What The World Needs Now." Among those who spearheaded the effort was musical director/media personality Seth Rudetsky as reported by Adam Hetrick for Playbill:
"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," Rudetsky said in a statement. "On Monday, my husband James woke me up at 7:30 AM and 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 theatre actors along with an orchestra and the services of a fully-staffed recording studio, all willing to donating their time and talent. Our community of artists has banded together as we always do to show we can end this cycle of violence and intolerance. Love WILL prevail!"
Obviously, it's a nice gesture and sweet sentiment. However, Rudetsky and his chorus line cannot resurrect the Pulse dead with their endearing earnestness in whistling past the graveyard. But of course, Broadway is just about making us feel good, and who wants to rain on the parade. However, selling the song's message to the LGBT community is a bit like preaching to the choir, and it seems like we're the only ones listening. If love really is to prevail perhaps the Broadway community should take its act on the road, and start with a three-nation tour to ISIS hotspots Syria, Iraq and Libya to see how many terror hearts they can melt with sweet song. And if the Broadway crew is a hit with ISIS, then perhaps they next can serenade the Nazi rulers of Saudi Arabia who kill queers for their love.
As Teddy Roosevelt once said: sing a pretty song and carry an AR-15.