Tituss Burgess is Turning ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ Into a Broadway Musical

By Sameer Rao Sep 06, 2016

Emmy-nominated actor and singer Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") has acquired the rights to develop the 1996 romantic comedy "The Preacher’s Wife" as a Broadway musical.

Shadow and Act reported the acquisition today (September 6), adding that Burgess has already written the music and lyrics for the future musical. Actor and writer Daniel Beaty ("Through The Night") wrote the book, and the production will have an industry reading on September 12 that features singer and actress Ledisi ("Selma") and Loretta Devine ("For Colored Girls"), who appeared in the film.

The movie depicts a Black Baptist preacher who is visited by an angel as his marriage suffers under the weight of his professional obligations. Courtney B. Vance ("The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Denzel Washington ("Training Day") and Whitney Houston (who also helmed the film’s soundtrack, the best-selling gospel album of all time) all star. It was a remake of 1947’s "The Bishop’s Wife."