Hamilton Star Leslie Odom, Jr. to Headline 2021 Gala
July 16, 2020
The Hylton Center just announced that Broadway superstar Leslie Odom, Jr. will be the headlining artist for the 11th Anniversary Gala on May 2, 2021. Announced at the 10th Anniversary celebration on July 18, the 11th Anniversary Gala will break from its previous format to include a dinner followed by a performance in Merchant Hall. More information as well as tickets and gala sponsorships will be available soon.
Odom is a multifaceted Tony and Grammy ® Award-winning performer, best known for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton. Odom’s self-titled debut album charted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and in winter 2017, he topped the charts again with the re-release of Simply Christmas as a deluxe edition with new arrangements and new songs. His extensive acting career also encompasses film and television roles including Murder on the Orient Express, Red Tails, and Smash. In 2018, he added author to his resume with the release of his book, Failing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning. In November 2019, starred alongside Cynthia Erivo and Janelle Monae in Harriet, a biopic about the extraordinary life of Harriet Tubman, and he will be in the upcoming highly anticipated film The Many Saints of Newark. Odom released his third full-length album and first of original material, entitled Mr in November 2019.“His seasoned but smooth tenor provided many soulful, swinging, and—assisted by a touch of reverb—soaring moments that showed he's an artist and entertainer who respects musical traditions as well as recent innovations,” (Portland Press Herald).