Take Me to the World
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Tituss Burgess, Vocals
Gabriel Vega Weissman, Director
Charlie Rosen, Music Director
with Special Guests
Event DurationThe concert will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.
Tituss Burgess is an Emmy- and SAG-nominated actor, musician, and writer. He is quickly emerging as one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile and dynamic performers, with his work in television, film, and theater generating both critical and commercial acclaim. His new album, Saint Tituss, brings Burgess’s extraordinary musical, vocal, and songwriting talents to the forefront. The six-track project of original songs combines pop, R&B, gospel, and Broadway influences with stunningly skillful and undeniably present vocals. Led by the anthemic first single, “45” (which features Daniel J. Watts), Burgess fearlessly explores finding hope, love, and the beauty of human imperfection. Saint Tituss was released in July 2019 to critical acclaim, entering Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart at No. 16.
Burgess was first introduced to television audiences in Tina Fey’s Emmy-winning 30 Rock, quickly becoming a breakout star in the show’s fifth and sixth seasons. From there, he starred as the indelible Titus Andromedon in the Emmy-nominated Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt opposite Ellie Kemper. Over the course of the show’s four seasons, Burgess was nominated for four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, and two Critics’ Choice Television Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He was also awarded Best Actor at the 2015 Webby Awards and Best Comedy Supporting Actor at the 2015 Gold Derby Awards.
Burgess recently appeared in Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name alongside Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, and Craig Robinson. His previous films include Netflix’s romantic comedy Set It Up alongside Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu, Glen Powell, and Zoey Deutch. He has also lent his voice to two major animated films: The Angry Birds Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village.
A veteran of the stage, Burgess made his Broadway debut in 2005 as Eddie in Good Vibrations. He has since performed in many memorable Broadway roles, including Hal Miller in Jersey Boys, Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the 2009 revival of Guys and Dolls.
Burgess’s musical talent is also the driving force behind his recent acquisition of the rights to the beloved film The Preacher’s Wife. Currently in development, the movie-turned-musical will feature new music and lyrics by Burgess with an updated book by Azie Dungey.
Jane Krakowski is most commonly known for her role as Jenna Maroney on Tituss Burgess’s breakout hit series, the Emmy-nominated 30 Rock. She received four Emmy nominations for her work on the show. She more recently appeared on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for which Tituss received Emmy nominations in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018; Krakowski earned an Emmy nomination in 2015 and won a Critics’ Choice Television Award. She was seen by Tituss in Nine on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award in 2003. Alas, he did not see her Tony-nominated performances in Broadway productions of Grand Hotel or She Loves Me. Additional Broadway shows in which she appeared (that Tituss also did not see) include Company, Once Upon a Mattress, Tartuffe, and Starlight Express. Krakowski won an Olivier Award for her performance in the West End production of Guys and Dolls—again, not seen by Tituss. Additionally, he has not seen any of her films. She currently stars as Mrs. Dickinson in the Apple TV+ series Dickinson, for which Tituss is currently downloading the app.
Michael McElroy is a 2019 Special Tony Honor–winning director and teacher. Last fall, he stepped into a new role as Director of Diversity Initiatives of Tisch Drama at New York University. He is also head of vocal performance in Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway. As a performer, McElroy’s Broadway credits include Sunday in the Park with George (2017 revival with Jake Gyllenhaal), Next to Normal, Rent, The Wild Party, Big River (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), The Who’s Tommy, Miss Saigon, Patti LuPone on Broadway, and The High Rollers Social Pleasure Club. He also performed with the New York Philharmonic in Candide at Lincoln Center, which was recorded for broadcast on PBS. Off-Broadway, he was seen in Terrence McNally’s Some Men (Second Stage Theater), Blue (Roundabout Theatre Company), Violet (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nomination), Thunder Knocking on the Door (Minetta Lane Theatre), and the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Richard III starring Denzel Washington. Outside of New York, McElroy has performed at the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre (where he received a Helen Hayes nomination for his work in Big River), Alley Theatre, and Pasadena Playhouse (where he received an LA Ovation nomination for his work in Blue). On film, McElroy has been seen in Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway, Romance & Cigarettes, and Stonewall; on television, he appeared in the second season of Amazon’s After Forever, Canterbury’s Law, Love Monkey, All My Children, Spin City, and the 2002 Grammy Awards, as well as in concert with Michael Jackson and alongside Sting at the Tony Awards in 2014.
Orfeh’s numerous Broadway credits include Paulette in Legally Blonde: The Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award), Saturday Night Fever, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, and Footloose. Off Broadway, she appeared in Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; and Love, Janis. Orfeh’s television and film credits include Sleeping with the Fishes, Across the Universe, Film U, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Sex and the City, and Chappelle’s Show. She has performed at Lincoln Center with her husband, Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee Andy Karl, and in numerous Broadway benefits, including the Actors Fund of America performance and album of Hair (Grammy nomination). Orfeh’s extensive recording career includes music with the 1990s top-40 group Or-N-More. She has performed with many music icons, from The O’Jays to Chaka Khan. Her solo album, What Do You Want From Me, and latest single, “Forget My Name,” are available on iTunes, as well as her most recent release, a live album titled Legally Bound that she recorded with her husband at Feinstein’s / 54 Below. Follow Orfeh on Twitter @official_orfeh and Instagram @orfeh.
Lillias White made her stage debut on top of her grandmother’s dining room table and her Broadway debut in Barnum. She has also appeared on Broadway in Cats, Carrie, Dreamgirls, Once on this Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Chicago, and Fela! (Tony nomination). For her role in Cy Coleman’s The Life, she won Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony awards. Off-Broadway, White has performed in the Public Theater production of Romance in Hard Times (Obie Award), Dinah Was at the Gramercy Theatre, the Second Stage premiere of Regina Taylor’s Crowns, Texas in Paris at the York Theatre Company (Lucille Lortel nomination), and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Mark Taper Forum (NAACP Theatre Award). White’s concert performances include her critically acclaimed cabaret show at 54 Below called The Lillias White Effect, for which she earned a Bistro Award. She has toured internationally with her one-woman show, From Brooklyn to Broadway. White’s television credits include her Emmy-winning appearances on Sesame Street, as well as Gotham, Person of Interest, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, and the recurring role of Fat Annie on Netflix’s The Get Down. Her film credits include Disney’s Hercules, Anastasia, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Game 6, Pieces of April, Then She Found Me, and Nasty Baby. White holds honorary doctorates from The City University of New York (Fine Arts) and West Virginia University at Parkersburg (Humane Letters).