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A Conversation with Leslie Odom Jr.

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. has most recently been seen in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of Aaron Burr.

He is a Grammy Award winner 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 was part-funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised $40,971. The album was released in 2014 by Borderlight Entertainment, Inc.

Odom, Jr. was raised in Philadelphia, and he currently resides in New York City.

General admission tickets will be distributed at Hancher in the following way:

  • University of Iowa students can pick up two free tickets with their student ID beginning at 10 am on Monday, March 6. A limited number of tickets have been set aside for UI students.
  • Members of the general public can pick up two free tickets beginning at 10 am on Tuesday, March 7.

Tickets will not be available by phone or online.

Doors for the lecture will open at 6:30 pm on March 27. Ticketholders must be seated by 7:15 pm or their seats may be given to those waiting for tickets to become available. Ticketholders will also be asked not to save seats for later arrivals.

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:30pm

Hancher Auditorium
141 Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Hancher Auditorium

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After Class, Arts Iowa, Hancher


Free, tickets required

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