Tituss Burgess

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Tituss Burgess
Tituss Burgess at the NYS ARTS Fall Gala 2008.jpg
Burgess at the 2008 NYS ARTS Fall Gala
Born (1979-02-21) February 21, 1979 (age 40)
Alma mater University of Georgia (B.A.)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2005–present

Tituss Burgess (born February 21, 1979) [1] is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in numerous Broadway musicals and is known for his high tenor voice. He is best known for starring as Titus Andromedon on the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–2019), for which he has received four consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nominations.

Broadway theatre class of professional theater presented in New York City, New York, USA

Broadway theatre, commonly known as Broadway, refers to the theatrical performances presented in the 41 professional theatres, each with 500 or more seats located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

Musical theatre work that combines songs, music, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it may be distinguished by the equal importance given to the music as compared with the dialogue, movement and other elements. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called, simply, musicals.

Tenor is a male voice type in classical music whose vocal range lies between the countertenor and baritone. The tenor's vocal range extends up to C5. The low extreme for tenors is roughly A2 (two As below middle C). At the highest extreme, some tenors can sing up to the second F above middle C (F5). The tenor voice type is generally divided into the leggero tenor, lyric tenor, spinto tenor, dramatic tenor, heldentenor, and tenor buffo or spieltenor.


Personal life

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] He is openly gay. [3]

Athens, Georgia Consolidated city–county in Georgia, United States

Athens, officially Athens–Clarke County, is a consolidated city–county and college town in the U.S. state of Georgia. Athens lies about 70 mi (113 km) northeast of downtown Atlanta, a Global City and the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, being in the top ten of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation. It is a component of the larger Atlanta–Athens–Clarke County–Sandy Springs Combined Statistical Area, a trading area. The University of Georgia, the state's flagship public university and a R1 research institution, is in the city and contributed to its initial growth. In 1991, after a vote the preceding year, the original City of Athens abandoned its charter to form a unified government with Clarke County, referred to jointly as Athens–Clarke County. As of 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau's estimated population of the consolidated city-county was 125,691; the entire county including Winterville and Bogart had a population of 127,064. Athens is the sixth-largest city in Georgia, and the principal city of the Athens metropolitan area, which had a 2017 estimated population of 209,271, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The city is dominated by a pervasive student culture and music scene centered on downtown Athens, next to the University of Georgia's North Campus. Major music acts associated with Athens include numerous alternative rock bands such as R.E.M., the B-52's, Widespread Panic, and Neutral Milk Hotel. The city is also known as a recording site for such groups as the Atlanta-based Indigo Girls.

Cedar Shoals High School

Cedar Shoals High School is an American high school established in 1972 in Athens, Georgia, in the Clarke County School District. It and Clarke Central High School are the district's two main high schools, and their rivalry is known as the Classic City Championship.

University of Georgia Public university located in Athens, Georgia, United States

The University of Georgia, also referred to as UGA or simply Georgia, is a public flagship research university with its main campus in Athens, Georgia. Founded in 1785, it is one of the oldest public universities in the United States.


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, traditionally played by a white actor, 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 .

<i>Good Vibrations</i> (musical) musical

Good Vibrations is a Broadway jukebox musical featuring the music of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. It opened February 2, 2005, at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre and ran for 94 performances before closing on April 24, 2005. The musical follows the tale of three high school friends who want to escape their small New England town and drive to California. However, none of them own a car, so they invite the unpopular valedictorian girl who has a crush on one of the guys to use her for her car, and drama and romance ensue. The cast on opening night starred Kate Reinders as Caroline, David Larsen as Bobby, Tituss Burgess as Eddie, Brandon Wardell as Dave, Jessica-Snow Wilson as Marcella, David Reiser as Dean and Sebastian Arcelus as Jan. Janet Dacal, Sarah Glendening and Krysta Rodriguez made their Broadway debuts in the show.

<i>Jersey Boys</i> musical

Jersey Boys is a 2005 jukebox musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success and eventual break-up of the 1960s rock 'n' roll group The Four Seasons. The musical is structured as four "seasons", each narrated by a different member of the band who gives his own perspective on its history and music. Songs include "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Sherry", "December 1963 ", "My Eyes Adored You", "Stay", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Working My Way Back to You" and "Rag Doll", among others.

<i>The Little Mermaid</i> (musical) musical

The Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical, based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Its book is by Doug Wright, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Glenn Slater. Its underwater setting and story about aquatic characters requires unusual technical designs and strategies to create gliding movements for the actors.

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]

Easton, Pennsylvania City in Pennsylvania, United States

Easton is a city in and the county seat of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States. The city's population was 26,800 as of the 2010 census. Easton is located at the confluence of the Delaware River and the Lehigh River, roughly 55 miles (89 km) north of Philadelphia and 70 miles (110 km) west of New York City.

In July 2009, he was a performer on the R Family Vacations Summer Cruise. [7] Three months later, 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.[ citation needed ]

R Family Vacations

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<i>30 Rock</i> (season 5) season of television series

The fifth season of 30 Rock, an American television comedy series on the NBC network in the United States, began airing on September 23, 2010. NBC announced on March 5, 2010 that 30 Rock would be returning for a fifth season in the 2010–2011 television season. Beginning with episode 11, 30 Rock was moved to the 10:00 PM timeslot, but, as a consolation, was renewed earlier than the other NBC sitcoms. During this time, Tracy Morgan underwent an emergency operation, causing his character to be written out for several episodes.

Tracy Jordan Fictional character from 30 Rock

Tracy Jordan is a fictional character in the American television series 30 Rock, played by the actor Tracy Morgan. The character is a movie star whose personality traits and life events are taken from Morgan's own life. In the episode "Grandmentor", Jordan refers to himself as "Tracy Morgan". In 2010, Entertainment Weekly ranked him the 55th Greatest Character of the Last 20 Years.

Tituss was cast as The Caterpillar in the 2011 Broadway musical Wonderland (musical) in October 2010. A month later, he dropped out of the project. [8]

Caterpillar (<i>Alices Adventures in Wonderland</i>) fictional character from Lewis Carrolls Alice in Wonderland

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<i>Wonderland</i> (musical) musical by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd (book) and Frank Wildhorn (music)

Wonderland: A New Alice, formerly called Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure, is a musical with a book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd, lyrics by Murphy, and music by Frank Wildhorn. The story, a contemporary version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, is set in New York City and focuses on writer Alice Cornwinkle and her 10-year-old daughter Chloe.

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. [9]

Burgess was cast in the role of The Witch, a role traditionally played by a female, in Into the Woods in a 2015 production by DreamCatcher Theatre which performed in Miami's Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center. [10]

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. [11] [12] 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 and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2015 ceremony.[ citation needed ]

In June 2016, Burgess reprised his role of "Sebastian the Crab" during the Hollywood Bowl concert event of The Little Mermaid . [13]

Theatre credits

The Wiz Regional
Jesus Christ Superstar JudasRegional
February 2 – April 24, 2005 Good Vibrations EddieBroadway
November 6, 2005 – July 31, 2006 Jersey Boys Barry Belson/Hal MillerBroadway
November 3, 2007 – December 7, 2008 The Little Mermaid Sebastian Broadway
March 1 – June 14, 2009 Guys and Dolls Nicely-Nicely JohnsonBroadway
2015 Into the Woods The Witch Arsht Center, Miami, Florida



2014Are You Joking?Hank Trenton
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Photog (voice)
2016 Catfight John
2017 Smurfs: The Lost Village Vanity Smurf (voice)
2018 Set It Up Creepy Tim
2018 Then Came You Julian
2019 Dolemite Is My Name Theodore Toney


2009 Schoolhouse Rock NarratorEpisode: "The Rainforest" (Earth Rock series)
2009The Battery's DownMr. Z2 episodes
2011 A Gifted Man Larry the GuardEpisode: "In Case of Discomfort"
2011–2012 30 Rock D'Fwan4 episodes
2012 Blue Bloods PriestEpisode: "The Life We Chose"
2013 Royal Pains KristoffEpisode: "Bones to Pick"
2015–2019 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Titus Andromedon Series Regular, 51 episodes
Webby Award for Best Actor
Gold Derby TV Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actor (2015–2017)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2015–2018)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2015, 2016)
Nominated—Online Film and Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Gold Derby TV Award for Breakthrough Performer of the Year
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
2016 Match Game HimselfRegular panelist
2016–2018 Elena of Avalor Charoca (voice)2 episodes
2017 Julie's Greenroom HimselfEpisode: "Costumer Service"
2017 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Himself (Guest Judge)Episode: "Pop Art Ball"
2019 Miracle Workers God's brotherEpisode: "1 Day"

Video games

2013 Grand Theft Auto V Bob MulétCredited under "The Local Population"


Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef(s)
2008Broadway.com Audience AwardFavorite Featured Actor in a MusicalThe Little MermaidNominated
2015 Webby Award Best Actor Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Won
2015 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtNominated
2015Gold Derby TV AwardBest Supporting Actor in a ComedyUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtWon
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtNominated
2015 Dorian Award TV Performance of the Year, ActorUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtNominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtNominated [14]
2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtNominated
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtNominated
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtNominated

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