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Leslie Odom, Jr.: From “Hamilton” to Newport, Monterey and Beyond

Interview with the Tony award-winner about his newfound success as a singer performing for jazz audiences

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Leslie Odom, Jr. (photo by Christopher Boudewyns)

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Thanks to his Tony Award-winning role as Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. became an overnight success. Except that all that acclaim came after nearly two decades of scuffling. As reported in a 2016 profile in the New York Times, Odom was actually considering taking a job as a hotel clerk just before getting that big gig with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash show. Such is life in show business.

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