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Leslie Odom, Jr. Performance

Leslie Odom, Jr.
Summer Series

Date & Price

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Open Air Theatre


Reserved Seating: $63–$93

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $58–$88*

Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission


Tickets limited. Sell out likely.

Longwood Debut

Best known for his role as Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical hit Hamilton, Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer and actor Leslie Odom, Jr. showcases his incredible talent in his Longwood debut. With a career spanning Broadway, television, film, and music, Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut in Rent and has sent two albums to the top of the Billboard jazz chart. He recently added the title of author to his résumé with the release of his book Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning.

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More about Leslie Odom Jr.

Odom, Jr.’s self-titled debut album was partly funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign and released in 2014 by Borderlight Entertainment, Inc. In June 2016, the album was re-released with additional material and charted at #1 on the Billboard jazz chart. In winter 2017, he re-released Simply Christmas as a deluxe edition with new arrangements and new songs. The holiday album hit #1 on the iTunes and Billboard jazz charts.

Best known for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in the smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Odom, Jr. received a 2015 Drama Desk Award nomination and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance. 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!.

Odom, Jr. was most recently seen on the big screen starring alongside Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Judi Dench in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express for Twentieth Century Fox. Previous film work includes the 2012 historical drama Red Tails, produced by George Lucas and co-starring Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and David Oyelowo, among others.

On the small screen, Odom, Jr. starred on the cult-classic musical drama series Smash, created by Theresa Rebeck. He had recurring roles on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; CBS’ Persons of Interest and CSI: Miami; and made guest appearances on such shows as The Good WifeGotham, and Showtime’s House of Lies.

In December 2017, Odom, Jr. returned to the New York City stage in a solo concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The cabaret-style performance was crafted around signature songs and music that shaped this artist's journey, all performed with a world-class band in front of a live audience. The show was filmed for broadcast as an hour-long PBS special, as part of the 17-time Emmy Award-winning series Live From Lincoln Center, and premiered April 24, 2018.

In 2018, Odom, Jr. added the title of author to his resume with the release of his book—Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning. Written in the style of a commencement speech, the book brings together what Odom, Jr. has learned in life so far, tapping into universal themes of starting something new, following your passions, discovering your own potential, and surrounding yourself with the right people. Failing Up is about unlocking your true potential and making your dreams come true even when it seems impossible.

Odom, Jr. currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, fellow actress Nicolette Robinson, and newborn daughter.

Find out more on his website.

*Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive access to the Pre-sale. If you are eligible, you have received a discount code and Pre-sale access code via direct mail or email from Longwood Gardens.

Photo Credit: Nathan Johnson