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

Eagles friendlies: Dosu tasks Rohr on invited goalkeepers

first_img Loading… Former Dream Team shot-stopper Joseph Dosu has tasked Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr to hand the three invited goalkeepers game time in next month’s international friendlies against Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia. Read Also: Chelsea vs Barnsley: Lampard set to hand Chilwell, Silva debuts“What is important is it is a friendly game where we want to see everybody, the coaches will see their performance and still retain them in the national team if they do very well.“So for me I think the coaches have done very well by inviting those three chaps back to the national team.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Speaking with Lagos-based Brila FM, Dosu hailed the coaches to have been brave enough to try out new hands in goal with the three invited goalkeepers, but added that handing the chances to all shot stoppers will be good enough a way to see what they all have to offer the Super Eagles. “Kudos to the coaches for inviting Alampasu and Yakubu into the team, I hope they will have the opportunity to keep because Okoye has been called all the time and he has not been in goal so for sure this will be an opportunity for us to see Okoye. Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All Time9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Valuelast_img read more

UDFA/GT Beer year-end football

first_imgBotofago boot out Shattas – Rockers blast Eagles UnitedBOTOFAGO and Net Rockers will clash in the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) GT Beer finals, following contrasting wins in the semifinals on Friday evening. Botofago shattered the hearts of defending champions, Silver Shattas, while Net Rockers blew past Eagles United at the Mackenzie sports Club ground.Playing in the first game, Botofago and Shattas played to a 2-2 stalemate after regulation and extra period play failed to separate the two.Jamine Samuels had sent the eventual winners into the lead in the 49th minute after a scoreless first half, but Jamal Haynes would equalize through an 88th minute strike, as the game ended in regulation time 1-1.However, after extra period play was ordered, the scores would change in the 102nd minute with Wesley Hall putting Botofago up, 2-1 Seven minute later, the scores would be level again, thanks to an own goal, with penalties yielding victory by the slimmest of margins.The second game saw the running Net Rockers, led by a Shane Luckie hat-trick, scored in the 53rd, 56th and 58th minutes, blow away Eagles United.Clarence Huggins in the 66th minute added the final nail in the coffin, but Yannick Simon saved face for the Eagles by adding his strike to the scoreline, which read 4-1 at the final whistle.The final and third place play off will take place on New Year’s day.last_img read more