Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt breakout Tituss Burgess can sing, act, make us laugh — and now he’s writing a musical.
Burgess has acquired the rights to the musical film The Preacher’s Wife for his upcoming stage adaptation, EW can confirm. Burgess wrote the music and lyrics, and Daniel Beaty wrote the book. Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz) will direct. The show will have an industry presentation in New York on Sept. 12, starring Loretta Devine (who starred as Beverly in the film) and Ledisi.
The 1996 movie — featuring Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Courtney B. Vance, and Lionel Richie — is set in Harlem and follows a woman named Julia who struggles to find her voice and be there for her preacher husband as their church community goes through a time of financial and emotional crisis. When it looks like they’ll lose their church, an angel appears and reminds them that a church is not about a building, it’s about a community.
Burgess’ past theatre experience includes starring as Hal Miller in Jersey Boys, Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, and Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls.