An Evening With Leslie Odom, Jr.

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Portland’5 Centers for the Arts is excited to present the Portland, Oregon concert debut of Tony and Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. - direct from an unprecedented sold-out run as 'Aaron Burr' in the blockbuster hit musical, Hamilton, and his Tony win for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

For this special event, Leslie Odom, Jr. celebrates the release of his first solo album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart. On the album, he honors some of his biggest musical inspirations, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Odom Jr. blends tender jazz vocals with R&B on his updated self-titled solo debut. The 10-track album features Odom's soulful new interpretations of beloved songs that have been longtime favorites of his, including "Look for the Silver Lining," a new arrangement of "The Guilty Ones" from Spring Awakening, and the album's first single "Autumn Leaves."

Mr. Odom, Jr. originated the role of 'Burr' in the sold-out Off Broadway run at The Public Theatre in 2015, earning both Drama Desk and Lucille Lortell Award nominations. 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 and became a protégé of Tony winner and Bay Area Cabaret artist Billy Porter. Additional Broadway credits include Leap of Faith, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award.

On the television, 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 also starred in the 2012 film, Red Tails, opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Oyelowo.

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. �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 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.

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

Portland'5 Centers for the Arts presents An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr., live in concert, at the Newmark Theatre on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 7 at 10am through, the Portland'5 Box Office, TicketsWest outlets, and by phone: 800-273-1530.
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By: Portland'5 Centers for the Arts

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