Burgess at the 2008 NYS ARTS Fall Gala
|Born||February 21, 1979|
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Georgia (B.A.)|
Tituss Burgess (born February 21, 1979)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, 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 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 A♭2 (two A♭s 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.
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.He is openly gay.
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 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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.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.
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. [ citation needed ]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.
R Family Vacations is a LGBT vacation entertainment company that provides luxury cruise ship trips with a focus on inclusive activities for children and services including same-sex marriage ceremonies.
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 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.
The Caterpillar is a fictional character appearing in Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
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.
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.
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. [ citation needed ]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.
In June 2016, Burgess reprised his role of "Sebastian the Crab" during the Hollywood Bowl concert event of The Little Mermaid .
|Jesus Christ Superstar||Judas||Regional|
|February 2 – April 24, 2005||Good Vibrations||Eddie||Broadway|
|November 6, 2005 – July 31, 2006||Jersey Boys||Barry Belson/Hal Miller||Broadway|
|November 3, 2007 – December 7, 2008||The Little Mermaid||Sebastian||Broadway|
|March 1 – June 14, 2009||Guys and Dolls||Nicely-Nicely Johnson||Broadway|
|2015||Into the Woods||The Witch||Arsht Center, Miami, Florida|
|2014||Are You Joking?||Hank Trenton|
|2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Photog (voice)|
|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||Narrator||Episode: "The Rainforest" (Earth Rock series)|
|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"|
|2015–2019||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||Himself||Regular panelist|
|2016–2018||Elena of Avalor||Charoca (voice)||2 episodes|
|2017||Julie's Greenroom||Himself||Episode: "Costumer Service"|
|2017||RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars||Himself (Guest Judge)||Episode: "Pop Art Ball"|
|2019||Miracle Workers||God's brother||Episode: "1 Day"|
|2013||Grand Theft Auto V||Bob Mulét||Credited under "The Local Population"|
|2008||Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical||The Little Mermaid||Nominated|
|2015||Webby Award||Best Actor||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Won|
|2015||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Nominated|
|2015||Gold Derby TV Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Won|
|2015||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Nominated|
|2015||Dorian Award||TV Performance of the Year, Actor||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Nominated|
|2016||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Nominated|
|2017||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Nominated|
|2018||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Nominated|
|2018||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Nominated|
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