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Tony-winning 'Hamilton' Star Leslie Odom Jr. rescheduled to perform with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in October


Wed, Apr 15th 2020 05:25 pm

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday announced Leslie Odom Jr., who electrified Broadway audiences as the original Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” has been rescheduled for a special one-night only performance as part of the 2020-2021 season. The newly rescheduled concert will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Kleinhans Music Hall.

Ticketholders to the original April 25 date will have their tickets honored on the newly rescheduled date, unless they prefer to make other arrangements.

A press release said, “Odom Jr.’s highly successful symphonic show features the best of Broadway and the American songbook with jazzy standards and nods to crooners like Nat King Cole. He is known for lending a depth and pathos to the complex antihero of Broadway’s ‘Hamilton,’ Aaron Burr, which earned him a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, as well 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 in 2015 during the show’s sold-out run at The Public Theatre.”

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 theater 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 Jonathan Larson’s “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 the Rev. Curtis Scott on “Law & Order: SVU.” He has 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 well as the 2017 film “Murder on the Orient Express” and the 2019 biopic “Harriet.”

Tickets are available now. Contact the BPO box office at 716-885-5000 or visit bpo.org.

BPO box office staffers are working remotely at this time and there are no in-person box office hours at Kleinhans Music Hall.

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