On Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tituss Burgess plays a struggling actor with dreams of making it big on the Broadway. Yet, on Sunday evening at 42West in New York City, there was no doubt that Burgess is a star, performing “Stay with Me” from Into the Woods.
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Long before he was the breakout star on Netflix’s hit new comedy co-created by Tina Fey, Burgess was burgeoning talent on stage. The 36-year-old actor has previously starred in Good Vibrations, Jersey Boys, and originated Sebastian the Crab in Disney’s Broadway adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Most recently, Burgess earned Stephen Sondheim’s seal of approval--which we know is hard to get--as the first male Witch in a Florida regional production of Into the Woods.
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During a star-studded celebration in honor of Sondheim’s 85th birthday, the actor moved the crowd with a stirring performance of the ballad most recently performed by Meryl Streep on the big screen.
If you still haven’t watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, let Tina Fey and Ellie Kemper convince you why you should start: