Tituss Burgess, a star of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock, will head up an investors’ audition of The Preacher’s Wife on September 12 in New York starring the R&B and jazz singer Ledisi and Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls). The musical adaptation of the 1996 film with Whitney Houston has a book by Daniel Beaty (Netflix’s Gethsemane) and score by Burgess, whose Broadway performance credits include The Little Mermaid (as Sebastian) and Guys And Dolls (as Nicely-Nicely Johnson). Stafford Arima (Allegiance) is directing, with musical direction by James Sampliner.
The Preacher’s Wife is the story of one woman’s journey to find her voice and strengthen her husband and larger church community during a moment of financial crisis and emotional overwhelm. In a fast-gentrifying Harlem when they’re at risk of losing their church and their hope, an angel appears and reminds them that a church is not a building, but the people who inhabit it and the love they share.