Burgess with Barbara Cook
February 21, 1979 |
Athens, Georgia, United States
|Alma mater||University of Georgia|
Tituss Burgess (born February 21, 1979) is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in four Broadway musicals and is known for his very 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.
Burgess, an only child, was born and raised in Athens, Georgia, and 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.
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.
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. He performed at the "Broadway After Dark" benefit concert on October 26, 2008 in New York City. He performed in a solo concert at Birdland in New York City on July 27, 2009. In 2009, he was one of the performers on the R Family Vacations Summer Cruise from July 11 through July 18.
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.
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. For his performance in the first season, he received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards for his performance and an Emmy nomination for Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2015 ceremony.
- Good Vibrations, Eddie, Feb. 2 - Apr. 24, 2005, Broadway
- Jersey Boys, Hal Miller, Nov. 6, 2005 - Jul. 31, 2006, Broadway
- The Little Mermaid, Sebastian, Nov. 3, 2007 - Dec. 7, 2008, Broadway
- Guys and Dolls, Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Mar. 1 - June 14, 2009, Broadway
- The Wiz, regional
- Jesus Christ Superstar, Judas, regional
- Into the Woods, the Witch, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
|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, 13 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
|2014||Grand Theft Auto V||Barber||Credited under "Local Population"|
- 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
- 2008 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical for The Little Mermaid (nominated)
- 2015 Webby Award for Best Actor for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (won)
- 2015 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (nominated)
- 2015 Gold Derby TV Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (won)
- 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (nominated)
- "Tituss Burgess - Broadway Theatre Credits, Photos, Who's Who - Playbill Vault". Playbill Vault. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
- "Alumni Spotlight: Tituss Burgess (AB '01)". UGA Alumni Association. February 13, 2015.
- Gans, Andrew. "Broadway for Obama Concert to Feature Lopez, Burgess, Hicks, Dixon and More," playbill.com, October 8, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. "Broadway After Dark Features Braxton, Burgess, Dandridge, Sengbloh and More Oct. 26," playbill.com, October 26, 2008
- Gans, Andrew."Guys and Dolls' Burgess to Play Birdland in July," playbill.com, June 19, 2009
- Gans, Andrew."All Aboard!: R Family Vacations Summer Cruise, with McArdle, Burgess, Jackson, Departs July 11," playbill.com, July 11, 2009
- "And I Am Telling You..." Tituss Burgess - 2013 Broadway Backwards. YouTube. 26 March 2013.
- "Tituss Burgess Will Be The Witch in Miami Into the Woods; Sondheim Gives Blessing". Playbill.
- Drumming, Neil (March 20, 2015). "Tituss Burgess on a Role Tailor-Made for Him on ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’". The New York Times.
- "Why Tituss Burgess Makes Tina Fey Laugh". Out.