Leslie Odom Jr.
Princess Grace Award:
Theater Scholarship, 2002
Princess Grace Statue Award:
Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. completed his run on Broadway starring as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the original cast of the blockbuster hit musical, “Hamilton,” a role that earned him the 2016 Tony Award for Lead Actor in a Musical. He is also a Grammy Award-winner as a principal soloist on Hamilton’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2016 award for Best Musical Theater Album.
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.
Leslie’s debut solo album, “Leslie Odom, Jr,” was released in June 2016 on S-Curve Records and quickly rose to #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Jazz charts. He recently completed a sold-out 4-night residency at The McKittrick Hotel in New York City, which featured surprise guests such as Josh Groban and Ingrid Michaelson.
Odom Jr. was raised in Philadelphia, and currently resides in New York City.