If you spent all weekend holed up like an Indiana Mole Woman binge-watching Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s new Netflix sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt chances are three things have happened: 1. You’re obsessed with the theme song; 2. You’re already starting a social media campaign for Jane Krakowski’s long-deserved Emmy Award; and 3. You can’t stop talking about Broadway’s Tituss Burgess as Kimmy’s roommate Titus Andromedon.
Burgess, a four-time Broadway vet with showstopping vocal ability, also appeared as D’Fwan on Fey’s 30 Rock. But this is more about that showstopping vocal ability and six videos that will give you all kinds of life.
Okay, let’s start things off right with Burgess’ “Under the Sea” from the Broadway musical adaptation of The Little Mermaid. And yes, everyone knows this Oscar-winning song but you’ve never heard it like you do from 3:00-3:41.
In 2013, Burgess gave Ms. Holliday a run for her money with this full-out performance as Effie White in “It’s All Over/I’m Not Going” from Broadway Backwards.
From Effie to Dorothy, brace yourself for The Wiz’s signature song “Home.”
Every big-voiced diva from Patti to Alice to SJB has put her stamp on “Meadowlark,” so why not Tituss? His voice can match the angels in its glory… (Starts at 1:38)
Let’s bring this party to another level with “River Deep Mountain High.”
Finally, book-ending this video tribute with another of Burgess' Broadway credits. Here he is defying mic issues and taking the Tonys by the storm.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is streaming now on Netflix.