On July 27, 2009, He performed as a soloist in Birdland in New York City.
He was featured in the R Family Vacations Summer Cruise in July 2009. He has featured in one episode on the cult online program The Battery’s Down three months after. In season 5 of 30 Rock, he played D’Fwan as an employee of Tracy Jordan’s husband’s entourage. In Season 6, he was back in character.
In October of 2010, the actor was selected to play The Caterpillar in the 2011 Broadway musical Wonderland. The show was canceled project just a month after.
Burgess was a singer in “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fought, the AIDS-related charity production Broadway Backwards, in March 2013.
On March 6 on March 6, 2015, Netflix released the debut season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which starred Burgess playing Kimmy’s friend, Titus Andromedon. Burgess performed her part to wide acclaim as well as The New York Times, remarking that the role was custom-designed for his character. He received a Critics Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the initial season and also the Emmy award for Outstanding Leading Actor for Support in the field of Comedy Series at the 2015 ceremony.
Burgess reprised his role in the role of “Sebastian the Crab” for The Little Mermaid’s Hollywood Bowl concert event in June of 2016. From May to 2020, he’s been Cole Tillerman in the musical animated show Central Park, starring Leslie Odom Jr., Kristen Bell, Daveed Diggs, Josh Gad, Kathryn Hahn, along with Stanley Tucci.
On December 28, 2020, it was announced that Burgess would be playing Remy in a concert for a charity show called Ratatouille the Musical, a TikTok internet meme inspired in 2007 by the Disney/Pixar film. On January 1, 2021, the performance will exclusively be broadcast on TodayTix. Burgess was in the role of Rooster Hannigan for Annie Live! In August 2021.
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