GALA 2019: Leslie Odom, Jr.
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019
Venue Matthews Theatre
Tony and Grammy Award- winning performer, 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 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.
Odom Jr. was most recently seen on the big screen in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express. On the small screen, Odom, Jr. starred on the cult-classic musical drama series, Smash, created by Theresa Rebeck, and has had recurring roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Persons of Interest, and CSI: Miami.
In June 2016, his self-titled debut album was re-released with new material and charted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart. In winter 2017, his Simply Christmas album hit #1 on iTunes and Billboard Jazz Charts.
Last spring, 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.