Leslie Odom Jr. as William Still
Leslie Odom Jr. is a Tony®- and Grammy® Award-winning performer who has taken the entertainment world by storm across a variety of media, spanning Broadway, television, film and music. Odom Jr. recently completed a lead role in Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark, David Chase’s movie prequel to the award-winning HBO series. He also wrapped production on the feature film directorial debut Music from recording artist Sia, and Needle in a Timestack, written and directed by John Ridley. He is also voicing a character in Josh Gad’s animated musical-comedy Central Park for Apple. He was last seen in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express for Twentieth Century Fox and Takashi Doscher’s Only, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Previous film work includes the 2012 historical drama, Red Tails, executive produced by George Lucas.
Odom Jr. is best known for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in the smash hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, for which he received a 2015 Drama Desk Award nomination and won the Tony® Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also won a Grammy® Award as a principal soloist on the original cast recording. He made his Broadway debut in Rent and starred in the stage adaption of Leap of Faith. Off-Broadway, he appeared in Venice at the Public Theater. He also starred opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo in a 2014 City Center Encores! revival of Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick…Boom!
In December 2017, Odom Jr. returned to the New York City stage in a solo concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The cabaret-style performance was crafted around signature songs and music that shaped his journey, performed with a world-class band in front of a live audience. The show was filmed for broadcast as an hour-long PBS special as part of the 17-time Emmy® Award-winning series, “Live from Lincoln Center,” and premiered April 27, 2018.
A Grammy® Award-winning recording artist, Odom Jr.’s self-titled debut album was partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign and released in 2014 by Borderlight Entertainment, Inc. In June 2016, the album was re-released with additional material and charted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and #147 on the Billboard 200. In winter 2017, he re-released Simply Christmas as a deluxe edition with new arrangements and new songs. The holiday album hit #1 on iTunes and Billboard Jazz Charts.
On March 27, 2018, Odom Jr. added the title of author to his resume with the release of his book Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning. Written in the style of a commencement speech, the book brings together what Odom Jr. has learned in life so far, tapping into universal themes of starting something new, following your passions, discovering your own potential and surrounding yourself with the right people. The book is being published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers.