Leslie Odom Jr. is making his Aspen debut at JAS June Experience on June 22nd – but who is he? Short answer: one talented individual. A quadruple threat: singer, actor, dancer, and writer – accomplished in all that he has done. So here are some fun and interesting facts about Leslie Odom Jr.
- He grew up singing in church and never even considered a career on Broadway/singing/dancing until his later teens
- His first time performing on Broadway in Rent when he was only 17 and still a senior in high school
- He has been on several TV shows; had a role along side mega stars like Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in Murder on the Orient Express; starred as Aaron Burr on the original cast of breakout musical Hamilton; and has just recently published a book: Failing Up
- He has won several awards including:
– 2002 Princess Grace Award in Acting
– 2012 Fred & Adele Astaive Award for Best Dancer
– 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
– 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album
-2016 Broadway.com Audience Awards for Favorite Onstage Pair
- Everyone thought he was crazy when he turned down a TV role to star in Hamilton
- His book Failing Up is best selling on Amazon and was written to inspire, motivate and empower people to go for their dreams
Want to win a pair of VIP tickets to Leslie’s show? Just go onto our Facebook or Twitter page and tell us why you are excited to see Leslie! All comments will be entered into a drawing for a pair of VIP tickets to his show AND a copy of his book Failing Up.