Leslie Odom, Jr.
Leslie Odom, Jr., has taken the entertainment world by storm across a variety of media spanning Broadway, television, film, and music. Best known for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical Hamilton, Mr. Odom, Jr. received a 2015 Drama Desk Award nomination and won the Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in the show. He also won a Grammy award as a principal soloist on the original cast recording. He made his Broadway debut in Rent and starred in the stage adaption of Leap of Faith. Off-Broadway, he appeared in Venice and the original staging of Hamilton, both at the Public Theater. He also starred opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo in a 2014 City Center Encores! revival of Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick. . . Boom!.
His self-titled debut album was funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign and released in 2014 by Borderlight Entertainment, Inc. The album was re-released in 2016 with additional material and charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz chart. In winter 2017, he re-released his album Simply Christmas as a deluxe edition with new arrangements and new songs. The holiday album hit No. 1 on the iTunes and Billboard Jazz charts.
Mr. Odom, Jr. was most recently seen on the big screen in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express for Twentieth Century Fox. Previous film work includes the 2012 historical drama, Red Tails, executive produced by George Lucas. On the small screen, he starred in the musical drama series Smash and had recurring roles on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CBS’s Persons of Interest and CSI: Miami. He also made guest appearances on The Good Wife, Gotham, and Showtime’s House of Lies.
In December 2017, Mr. Odom, Jr. returned to the New York City stage in a solo concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The cabaret-style show was filmed for broadcast as an hour-long special for PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center. He is also the author of Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut at these performances.