Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
Krysta Rodriguez, Rachel Bay Jones & More to Perform 'What the World Needs Now is Love' on NBC Special Benefiting Ukraine

Krysta Rodriguez, Rachel Bay Jones & More to Perform 'What the World Needs Now is Love' on NBC Special Benefiting Ukraine

“Ukraine: Answering the Call” airs Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.   

In solidarity with the people affected by the escalating war in Ukraine, NBC will present an hourlong primetime special aimed at educating, raising funds for those whose lives have been shattered by the crisis, and spreading awareness through the power of entertainment - an answer to the call from President Volodymyr Zelensky who has challenged Americans to use their voices to reach those who want peace.

"Ukraine: Answering the Call" airs Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.  

Broadway luminaries Rachel Bay Jones, Brenda Braxton, Liz Callaway, Lilla Crawford, Juwan Crawley, José Llana, Beth Malone, Andrea McArdle, Bonnie Milligan, Orfeh, Krysta Rodriguez, Seth Rudetsky, James Wesley and NaTasha Yvette Williams will come together for a special rendition of "What the World Needs Now is Love."

The evening will include special appearances by José Andrés, Jon Batiste, Kristen Bell, Brandi Carlile, Brian Cox, Jeff Daniels, Vera Farmiga, Lena Headey, Alicia Keys, Simu Liu, Julianne Moore, Brad Paisley, Rosie Perez and more.

Zelensky will address Americans during the special and audiences will also hear remarks from Andriy Yermak, the Ukrainian Head of the Presidential Administration. NBC News will share reports on the stories of real people all around the world who are impacted by the crisis in Ukraine.   

During the broadcast, viewers will have the chance to help families impacted by the crisis in Ukraine by donating to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that helps people affected by humanitarian crises to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.

Plus, fan engagement platform Buzznog will also give viewers the opportunity to contribute to relief efforts with a digital collectible created by a Ukrainian artist available exclusively through the Zelus Wallet via a QR Code on-screen during the telethon. For every download of the digital collectible, Zelus is donating $10 to the IRC up to $500,000.

The IRC has been on the ground in Poland and Ukraine since the onset of the crisis, working closely with partners to reach affected people and families with essential health and protection services. For more information, visit: www.ukraineansweringthecall.com.

"Ukraine: Answering the Call" is produced by Done+Dusted. David Jammy, Elizabeth Kelly, Ian Stewart, Nicolle Wallace and David Wild serve as executive producers.  



Related Stories

From This Author - Michael Major


New Music From HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Out TodayNew Music From HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Out Today
August 19, 2022

The reign of House Targaryen begins. House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, is coming to HBO and HBO Max on August 21. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.

Kill Rock Stars' zannie Releases Album 'How Do I Get That Star'Kill Rock Stars' zannie Releases Album 'How Do I Get That Star'
August 19, 2022

Brooklyn’s Zannie Owens conceived of their debut solo record, How Do I Get That Star, as an homage to Voyager One Golden Record, the album that Carl Sagan and Lynn Margulis sent into space in 1977. It’s zannie’s debut record under their own name, as well as the first release with Kill Rock Stars.

THE COMEBACK TRAIL Soundtrack Out TodayTHE COMEBACK TRAIL Soundtrack Out Today
August 19, 2022

The Comeback Trail, a love letter to the Golden Age of Hollywood, starring Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Zach Braff, Emile Hirsch, Eddie Griffin and Morgan Freeman and was co-written by Josh Posner and the film’s director George Gallo (Bad Boys, Midnight Run, Vanquish). The film has been released internationally and a US release date is coming.

Zola Simone Shares New Single 'What It Feels Like'Zola Simone Shares New Single 'What It Feels Like'
August 19, 2022

For the 19-year old singer-songwriter, music is much more than just a passion; it’s a way to make sense of the world and move through the ever-changing conditions of life. Her unique and refreshing sound that blends indie, pop, and R&B matched with her raw, vulnerable, and honest lyrics is what sets her apart from many of her peers.

Abby Hamilton Releases 'Big Time (Live)'Abby Hamilton Releases 'Big Time (Live)'
August 19, 2022

Emerging country and folk-rock artist Abby Hamilton releases a new live version of her song, “Big Time.' Filmed and recorded by Jon Tsang at Atlanta’s Goat Farms Art Center, the performance features Abby along with her band: Ryan Allen (keys), Carson Childers (bass) Zac Hamilton (guitar) and Zach Martin (drums).