Tony Award winner from Hamilton wows SRO audience at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.
August 5, 2017: Leslie Odom Jr., who originated his 2016 Tony Award winning role as Adam Burr in Hamilton, performed for a sold-out house at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) with a sensational group of 5 backup instrumentalists. His band included pianist Michael Mitchell, guitarist Steven Walker, percussionist Cenfu Stoney, bassist Orlando le Fleming, and drummer John Davis. They thrilled the SRO audience for an hour and a half with songs from Odom’s debut album, as well as favorites from Hamilton and Rent. Odom Jr. made his Broadway debut in Rent at the age of 17. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, film and dance.
Leslie Odom Jr. has been active on the small screen most notably in the NBC musical series “Smash,” and his recurring role as Reverend Curtis Scott on “Law and Order.” On the big-screen he starred in the 2012 film “Red Tails,” with Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. And this fall he is part of the all-star cast of the re-make of “Murder on the Orient Express,” which will be released in September.
The day after the show Leslie celebrated his 36th birthday, and jetted back to California to see his wife Nicolette Robinson and their 3 month old daughter.
The evening was generously sponsored by Abby Merrill.
Photography: Barry Gordin