Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess Discusses His Netflix Alter Ego

first_img And finally, what’s Titus’ favorite wine? Pinot Noir. Duh! What should the next NBC live broadcast musical be? Well, The Wiz is obviously a brilliant idea. But Titus Andromedon thinks it should be Sparkle. You and Titus share the same name (minus an “S”) and there’s even a Little Mermaid shoutout. Did you have a hand in creating him? I’d like to say that it was a blank canvas and I went in and filled it with my brilliance, but that’s just not true. Tina and Robert are some of the most thorough people I’ve ever met. Very little is improvised. Every subject and predicate has been thought through fervently. The only thing that I do is make him three-dimensional. Tituss Burgess made a splash on Broadway in The Little Mermaid and Guys and Dolls, but in the new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, his character—the divine, attention-grabbing musical theater hopeful Titus Andromedon—isn’t as #blessed. The comedy follows the titular Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), who reinvents her life in New York after escaping from a doomsday cult. Burgess reunites with co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, following his turn on 30 Rock as D’Fwan. The Great White Way alum chatted with Broadway.com about his new role (which was created with him in mind), brushes with stardom and—of course—Pinot Noir. View Comments Have there been any memorable reactions that you’ve encountered from friends or fans? I live in Harlem, and yesterday I was running to the 99-cent store to get some paper towels. I walk out of my door, and these two young men are sitting on my doorstep. I walk away, and one of them goes,“Do you know who that is? We were just talking about his show,” and I thought, This is so bizarre! Kimmy has gotten insane buzz in a short period of time—why do you think people are so obsessed with it? It’s for reals funny. But when Tina told me it was about a girl who was in a cult for fifteen years, it couldn’t get much darker than that! And it makes sense that people exist in a world where we tackle race and the plight of a gay man and how he deals with aging and his size and being polarized. That’s why Tina and Robert are so celebrated—they do things that everyone else wishes they could do or say and make it digestible and palatable. You share the screen with so many other Broadway vets. Did that affect the vibe of working on this project? Other than the love that we share, it was just like a reunion. You see someone you haven’t seen in a while, and often you won’t get to see them until you’re working together. It didn’t really alter the energy—it may have even enhanced it. Be honest…is [guest star] James Monroe Iglehart your nemesis in real life? He’s a good friend of mine! That’s ridiculous! [Laughs.] I have a few questions I’d love to ask Titus Andromedon. What’s his musical theater dream role? Titus definitely wants to play Effie in Dreamgirls. And he totally thinks it’s possible. [Laughs.] After working with Tina and Robert on 30 Rock, how did your role on Kimmy come about? I guess I had little to do with it and everything to do with it. The fact that Tina and Robert were even thinking about me in the interim blows my mind. But I was just as shocked as everyone else when she told me that she had written something with me in mind. So where does Tituss Burgess end and Titus Andromedon begin? I couldn’t be less like that man! I am such an introvert. I would much rather have you over to the house, cook you dinner and let’s sing. [Titus] seizes every opportunity to make it about himself. He manages to do it with charm, and I think that he can’t help himself. Which, in the weirdest way, is his most redeeming quality. Speaking of Sparkle, I know you [Burgess, not Andromedon] are working on a Whitney Houston-based musical… I am! I cannot tell you what it is yet, but [Jersey Boys book writer] Rick Elice has agreed to write the book, so that’s exciting. Broadway crush? Oh, that Ramin Karimloo dude from Les Miserables. He’s hot! That’s what Titus likes.last_img read more

Liverpool stun Everton with freak goal as Arsenal overpower Spurs

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool stayed hot on the heels of Manchester City on Sunday after a bizarre late winner against Everton as Arsenal issued a powerful statement of intent on Sunday’s Premier League derby day.Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side looked set to drop a precious two points in their dogged pursuit of City but they benefited from a bizarre error from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to win 1-0 and continue their Anfield hex over their city rivals.Unai Emery’s Arsenal are now 19 matches unbeaten in all competitions after their thrilling 4-2 victory against Tottenham at the Emirates lifted them to fourth in the Premier League, above fierce rivals Spurs on goal difference.Chelsea recovered from the disappointment of losing their first match of the Premier League season to Spurs last week to beat Fulham 2-0 to climb to third in the table.Liverpool started the Merseyside derby determined to salvage some pride after their midweek defeat to Paris Saint-Germain left their Champions League hopes in the balance.There were chances for both teams in an entertaining encounter but the match appeared to be heading for a goalless stalemate as the seconds ticked away.? Pure derby day joy.Unmissable #LIVEVE highlights and full game replay are now available on @LFCTV GO ?— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 3, 2018But then out of nowhere, England’s Pickford made a terrible error, mishandling a high ball that appeared to be heading over his bar and spilling it into the path of substitute Divock Origi. The Belgium forward had the simple task of heading into the empty net to spark scenes of ecstasy at Anfield, with Klopp racing onto the pitch to celebrate.“I have to apologise because I didn’t want to be disrespectful but I couldn’t stop myself. It just happened,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“The game was with unbelievable intensity. Both teams had chances. Both goalkeepers had outstanding performances. In the end it was a very weird goal. I can’t imagine the disappointment of Everton. But we got it and we will take it. It is a brilliant night.”– Arsenal guts –Earlier, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty gave Arsenal an early lead in the north London derby before Eric Dier’s header and a Harry Kane spot-kick handed Tottenham the lead at half-time at the Emirates Stadium.But Aubameyang’s superb long-range equaliser sparked a second half surge from the Gunners. Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to put Arsenal ahead and Lucas Torreira sealed the points with his first goal for the club.Up the Reds.? pic.twitter.com/jQClDSZmiq— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 2, 2018Capping a miserable day for Jan Vertonghen, the Tottenham defender was sent off in the closing stages after earlier giving away Arsenal’s penalty.“It is a very big match for our confidence. Now we have to continue our process,” Emery said. “It is a very big victory. We give this to our supporters because it’s a very special match against Tottenham.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

English players charge in pursuit of Finland’s Kerttu

first_imgCaption: top Jess Baker, below Kerttu Hiltunen (copyright Leaderboard Photography). Tags: Girls, Lyme Regis, U16 8 Aug 2018 English players charge in pursuit of Finland’s Kerttu center_img Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen holds a three-shot lead at the halfway stage of the English U16 girls’ championship at Lyme Regis Golf Club – but English players are staging a strong charge to catch her.It’s led by Northumberland’s Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies) who shot her best ever round today of three-under 71 to move into second place. It made her five-under for the championship and after holing out in a torrential downpour she came off the course wreathed in smiles.“I went into this round just wanting to post a solid score and stay up at the top,” said Baker, who was fourth overnight. “It’s really nice to get my name up there.”“I tried to make as many pars and birdies as I could and my short game was where I scored,” she said. She started as she wanted and was two-under after the fifth, where she had the bonus of unexpectedly holing a difficult putt.Two shots further back is Rafiah Banday (Royal Mid Surrey) who was a little disappointed to leave the course with a level par score.“I was doing quite well until I doubled the 15th, which I eagled yesterday, and then bogeyed the next,” she said. However, the strong winds made the 16th a very tough proposition and Banday came quickly back with an 18th hole birdie and then played her back nine – holes one to nine – in level par.Ellie Gower continued the English push with her one-under 73, which makes her level par at the halfway stage. Her round included an eagle on the seventh where she holed out from 25ft.“It was tricky in the wind yesterday and it was harder today but I managed to keep it in play and keep out of trouble,” said the 15-year-old, who lives in France, where her parents have a nine-hole golf course.Her father is a professional but his efforts to interest her in golf failed until he took her to the Lacoste French ladies open four years ago and one of the players gave her a golf ball. She also met English Tour player Ellie Givens and has caddied for her in the event ever since. “That kicked it off,” she said.Behind her, there’s three more English girls: Daisy Kennedy (Stoke Park) on one-over, Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall) who was round in one-under today and is tied on two-over with Rosie Belsham (Whitley Bay).However, Hiltunen is setting a great pace and would love to win this title. She’s bringing good form into this event, having won the U16 Hazards Salver at last week’s English U18 girls’ championship.She opened her campaign at Lyme Regis with a first round of six-under 68 and followed up with today’s 72. She made the perfect start with an eagle three on her first hole, the 10th, but had a set back with a double bogey on the 14th. However she responded straight away with a birdie and played steadily for the rest of the round.In the U14 girls’ championship, which is being played simultaneously, Harriet Lockley of Wales leads on two over. A shot behind is Italy’s Francesca Fiorellini, while a group on level par includes defending champion Charlotte Cannatteo.The field in both championships was cut today to 33 players in the U16s and 28 in the U14s. The U16s will play 36 holes tomorrow while the U14s will play 18 holes.last_img read more

Diabetes Walk needs to attract right people Testing today

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 14, 2016 – Diabetes is greatly impacting the quality of life for islanders and too many do not even know it, too many are not actively working to be aware or to be healthier.Once the scores of runners and walkers were back to the start point of the Wrightfully Fit Charity Walk & Run yesterday evening, we got to speak to some of the experts on site.  John Wright, fitness man and founder of the eight year old event which supports the Diabetes Association said the fundraiser is not a money making venture for him, it is a fitness awareness function for islanders to live healthier, happier lives – he said not enough of those people are coming out.“There’s a full moon, the stars are out, people are out supporting this, the only people who aren’t here, are the people who should be here, people who have diabetes,people who have type 2 diabetes, childhood obesity, people who have kids who are overweight, they’re not here.  There’s a big expat community here, there’s a big tourist community here participating, the people who should be here, are not here.” – John WrightPresident of the TCI Diabetes Association, Elaine Clare shared a similar perspective and said that is why her team will be at all Grace Bay Pharmacies, Flamingo Pharmacy, Family Care Pharmacy and at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center giving free glucose testing, handing out monitors and providing pamphlets, because people are unaware.   “Very very prevalent, and it is heartbreaking, to know the numbers that we have here.  And a lot of people are walking around with high blood sugars, and they don’t know that they have high blood sugars and that they are diabetics.”Dr. Sam Slattery said it boils down to diet and exercise and the biggest enemy of our islands, of our world – SUGAR.  “Sugar snuck into our diet all over the world and it’s not unique to the Turks and Caicos.  Here’s what I tell all my patients, firstly don’t give your children sugar.  You want to look at all the processed foods that you’re eating because it’s almost guaranteed to have high fructose corn syrup in it, and I’ll be happy to say it’s a poisonous substance, definitely leads to diabetes.”Today is World Diabetes Day, free testing at the sites starts at 10am; you should go so that you know. Related Items:last_img read more