11:22am PT by Scott Feinberg
'Hamilton' Tony Winner Leslie Odom Jr. to Exit Show
Leslie Odom, Jr., who won the best actor in a musical Tony Award earlier this month for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton, will be leaving the show after its evening performance on Saturday, July 9, along with his co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda (whose departure The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report on June 2) and Phillipa Soo (ditto, on June 11).
The 34-year-old actor, who previously was best known for his work in Broadway's Rent and on TV's Smash, announced the news in a Facebook Live broadcast on Sunday before Hamilton's matinee performance. "I am indeed leaving on July 9," Odom said. "It has just been the most completely wonderful, totally healing and inspiring experience from beginning to end. I will never forget the people that I've met here. I will never forget all of you." He added, "I can't wait to see all the guys that come after me and show me [more] about Burr."
It's no shock that Odom and others from the original cast are ready to move on. Their work began at New York's Public Theater way back in January 2015, following a lengthy workshop/rehearsal period. After transferring to the Richard Rodgers Theatre in August, the show became a cultural phenomenon, winning a Pulitzer, a Grammy and 11 Tonys.
Odom was integral to the original cast's months-long effort to secure a profit-sharing deal with the show's producers after it began raking in millions, which ultimately succeeded. Earlier this month, he also released a self-titled album, which shot to the top of iTunes' jazz charts.