Critically-acclaimed and award-winning performer Leslie Odom, Jr. has recently shaken up the world of theatrics in the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. Odom Jr. not only won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of “Aaron Burr” but also won a Grammy Award as a principal soloist on Hamilton’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2015 award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Odom, Jr. originated the role of “Burr” in a sold-out run at The Public Theater in 2015, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.
Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent, before heading to Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, dance and film.
Additional theatre credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award; the 2014 musical Venice, which also played at The Public Theater; and the Encores! Off-Center production of Tick, Tick… Boom! which was his first time working with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best-known for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical series Smash, and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on Law & Order: SVU. He’s also appeared in episodes of Gotham, Person of Interest, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Lies, Vanished and CSI: Miami. On the big screen he starred in the 2012 film Red Tails opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and David Oyelowo.
As a recording artist, his self-titled debut album, Leslie Odom Jr., was part-funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised $40,971. The album was released in 2014 by Borderlight Entertainment, Inc. In November 2016, he released the holiday album, Simply Christmas.
Odom, Jr. was raised in Philadelphia, and currently resides in New York City.
"It couldn’t have been more perfect. I’m not just referring to the event itself, but how Leslie interacted with our guests at the reception, and all others he encountered throughout the day. We had lots of happy folks."- The University of Iowa
"We were really worried about a severe weather warning yesterday, but gale-force winds and 2 days of drenching rain didn’t keep an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1000 from enjoying the performance of Leslie Odom Jr. And that was after his backstage meeting with all our enthusiastic students from the Committee on Lectures, National Affairs Series, Student Union Board, Student Government, performing arts, and Black Student Alliance. His energy was contagious and he really seemed to enjoy sharing advice and answering their questions. They were thrilled too that he took the time for group photos and selfies and autographing, and then what an outstanding performance!"- Iowa State University