Tituss Burgess

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Tituss Burgess
Tituss Burgess and Barbara Cook.jpg
Burgess (left) with Barbara Cook in 2008
Born (1979-02-21) February 21, 1979 (age 37)
Athens, Georgia, US
Alma mater University of Georgia
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2005 – present

Tituss Burgess (born February 21, 1979)[1] is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in four Broadway musicals and is known for his high tenor voice. He is a main cast member on the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for which he received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Burgess, an only child, was born and raised in Athens, Georgia.

He attended Cedar Shoals High School where he was active in the theatre program. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in music.[2]

Burgess is openly gay.[3]

Career[edit]

Burgess made his Broadway debut in the musical Good Vibrations as Eddie in 2005, and then appeared in Jersey Boys in 2005 as Hal Miller. He originated the role of "Sebastian the Crab" in the musical The Little Mermaid in 2007 and went on to the role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the revival of Guys and Dolls in 2009.

He has also performed in several regional theater productions, including The Wiz and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Burgess performed at the "Broadway for Obama" benefit concert held at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, Pennsylvania on October 20, 2008.[4] He performed at the "Broadway After Dark" benefit concert on October 26, 2008 in New York City.[5] He performed in a solo concert at Birdland in New York City on July 27, 2009.[6] In 2009, he was one of the performers on the R Family Vacations Summer Cruise from July 11 through July 18.[7]

In October 2009, he was featured on an episode of the popular web show The Battery's Down. He appeared in Season 5 of 30 Rock as D'Fwan, a member of Tracy Jordan's wife's entourage. He reprised the role in Season 6.

In March 2013, Burgess performed "And I Am Telling You..." from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising concert Broadway Backwards.[8]

Burgess was the first male actor ever to be cast in the role of The Witch in Into the Woods in a 2015 production by DreamCatcher Theatre which performed in Miami's Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center.[9]

On March 6, 2015, Netflix released the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which stars Burgess in a main role as Titus Andromedon, Kimmy's roommate. Burgess received universal acclaim for his performance, with The New York Times stating that the role was tailor made for him.[10][11] For his performance in the first season, he received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards for his performance and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2015 ceremony.

In June of 2016, Burgess reprised his role of "Sebastian the Crab" during the Hollywood Bowl concert event of The Little Mermaid.[12]

Theatre credits[edit]

Date Title Role Venue/Location
The Wiz Regional
Jesus Christ Superstar Judas Regional
Feb. 2 – Apr. 24, 2005 Good Vibrations Eddie Broadway
Nov. 6, 2005 – Jul. 31, 2006 Jersey Boys Hal Miller Broadway
Nov. 3, 2007 – Dec. 7, 2008 The Little Mermaid Sebastian Broadway
Mar. 1 – June 14, 2009 Guys and Dolls Nicely-Nicely Johnson Broadway
2015 Into the Woods The Witch Arsht Center, Miami, Florida

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Are You Joking? Hank Trenton
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Photog (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Battery's Down Mr. Z 2 episodes
2011 A Gifted Man Larry the Guard Episode: "In Case of Discomfort"
2011–2012 30 Rock D'Fwan 4 episodes
2012 Blue Bloods Priest Episode: "The Life We Chose"
2013 Royal Pains Kristoff Episode: "Bones to Pick"
2015–present Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Titus Andromedon Series Regular, 26 episodes
Webby Award for Best Actor
Gold Derby TV Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actor
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Gold Derby TV Award for Breakthrough Performer of the Year
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
2016 Match Game Himself Regular panellist
2016 Elena of Avalor Charoca (voice) Episode: All Heated Up
2017 Julie's Greenroom

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Grand Theft Auto V Barber Credited under "Local Population"

Discography[edit]

  • Jersey Boys (2005) Original Cast Recording
  • Here's To You (2006) Studio Album
  • Here's To You (2006) debut solo album, available on iTunes
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid (2008) Original Cast Recording
  • Keys (2008) Scott Alan
  • Thirteen Stories Down (2010) Jonathan Reid Gealt
  • Comfortable (2012) Studio Album

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Association Category Result Ref.
2008 The Little Mermaid Broadway.com Audience Award Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Webby Award Best Actor Won
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Gold Derby TV Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Won
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Emmy Award Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Dorian Award TV Performance of the Year, Actor Nominated
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Emmy Award Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Pending [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tituss Burgess". Playbill Vault. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Alumni Spotlight: Tituss Burgess (AB '01)". UGA Alumni Association. February 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tituss Burgess, '30 Rock' Actor, Talks Being 'Comfortable' As A Gay Man On New Album". The Huffington Post. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew (October 8, 2008). "Broadway for Obama Concert to Feature Lopez, Burgess, Hicks, Dixon and More". playbill.com. 
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew (October 26, 2008). "Broadway After Dark Features Braxton, Burgess, Dandridge, Sengbloh and More Oct. 26". playbill.com. 
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (June 19, 2009). "Guys and Dolls' Burgess to Play Birdland in July". playbill.com. 
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew (July 11, 2009). "All Aboard!: R Family Vacations Summer Cruise, with McArdle, Burgess, Jackson, Departs July 11". playbill.com. 
  8. ^ "And I Am Telling You..." Tituss Burgess – 2013 Broadway Backwards. YouTube. 26 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Tituss Burgess Will Be The Witch in Miami Into the Woods; Sondheim Gives Blessing". Playbill. 
  10. ^ Drumming, Neil (March 20, 2015). "Tituss Burgess on a Role Tailor-Made for Him on 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Martin, Michael (March 4, 2015). "Why Tituss Burgess Makes Tina Fey Laugh". Out. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ LEASE EVENT: Disney's The Little Mermaid in Concert | Hollywood Bowl
  13. ^ Kilday, Gregg (January 12, 2016). "'Carol' Earns Multiple Mentions as Dorian Award Nominees Are Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 

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