Leslie Odom Jr. became a hot commodity after his Tony Award-winning performance as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton.”
But he’s been around for a while. He was in the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express” with Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp, and also was in the 2012 movie “Red Tails.” On television, he’s had recurring roles on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Person of Interest,” and has guest-starred on “The Good Wife” and “Gotham.” He’s even written a book: “Falling Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning.”
And he’s known as an accomplished jazz singer. His 2017 solo performance for Jazz at Lincoln Center was a filmed for an hourlong PBS special that aired in 2018.
He’ll sing jazz standards such as “Autumn Leaves” and “Look for the Silver Lining” from his 2016 album when he appears with the Omaha Symphony at the Holland Center for two concerts this weekend. Music director Thomas Wilkins will conduct.
Don’t worry: Odom also will sing “Hamilton” favorites such as “Wait for It” and “The Room Where It Happens.”
The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the center’s Kiewit Concert Hall. Tickets range from $19 to $89 and are available at omahasymphony.org or 402-345-0606.
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