Burgess discussed his work on a musical version of the 1996 film The Preacher's Wife.
“I'm writing a musical. I am,” Burgess said. “I was able to buy the rights to The Preacher's Wife, which starred Whitney Houston… I'm writing a whole new score and all the lyrics for it.” Watch the interview above.
Playbill.com previously reported that Daniel Beaty is writing the book for the new musical. An industry reading of The Preacher's Wife was presented in Manhattan September 12, 2016, starring Loretta Devine and Ledisi. Olivier nominee Stafford Arima directed with musical direction by James Sampliner.
The Broadway-aimed musical is described as “the story of one woman (Julia’s) journey to find her voice and strengthen her husband (the Preacher) 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.”
Burgess made his Broadway debut in 2005 as Eddie in Good Vibrations. His other roles include Hal Miller in Jersey Boys, Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the 2009 revival of Guys and Dolls.