“Pardon me, are you Aaron Burr, sir?” This line is now infamously known throughout the streets of the United States, thanks to success of the hit musical Hamilton. The original Broadway cast of Hamilton earned a Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy, and eleven Tony Awards, including the prestigious Best Musical of the Year.
Leslie Odom Jr. was a part of the original Broadway cast, playing the role of Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton’s rival and ultimately his murderer. Leslie Odom Jr. beating out Lin-Manuel Miranda for the actor of the year.
Odom has become a household name, even showing up in his very own Nationwide commercial. Students at Ohio State have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the award-winning Leslie Odom Jr. perform on October 22.
Leslie Odom Jr. is a Grammy and Tony award-winning singer and actor, best known for working alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. He also recently released a self-titled jazz album, further showing his great musical talent.
Besides Hamilton, however, Leslie Odom Jr. has carved out his own fame in both the musical and the television world. At age 17, Odom made his Broadway debut as Paul in the musical Rent. He also had a starring role in the television show Smash for two seasons and was later offered the leading role on State of Affairs, but he chose to pursue his role in Hamilton instead. You can see him on the big screen in Murder on the Oriental Express next month as well.
Odom’s vast experience and long musical repertoire will make him an amazing guest at The Ohio State University, and we are extremely excited to be hosting him. OUABackstage with Leslie Odom Jr. will be on Sunday, October 22 at 7pm in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom.
If you’re a huge Hamil-fan, make sure to keep up with OUAB’s Twitter. OUAB is giving students a chance to meet Leslie Odom Jr. through a creative video contest. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, October 19 at 5pm.
Until then, sit back, relax, and listen to the Hamilton soundtrack one, two, or twenty times through. Don’t throw away your shot on October 22!