Tony Winner Leslie Odom Jr. Announces Hamilton Departure Date
The original Aaron Burr will play his final performance.
A week after winning the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Hamilton leading man Leslie Odom Jr. took to his social media platforms to announce that he will depart the production on Saturday, July 9. His final performance is the same date as that of his costar, Tony-winning Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Odom, who originated the role of Aaron Burr in the 2015 world premiere production of Hamilton at the Public Theater, also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album as a principal soloist on the show's original cast recording. He has previously appeared on Broadway in Rent and Leap of Faith and had a regular role on the NBC series Smash. His self-titled debut album was recently released.
Directed by Thomas Kail and inspired by Ron Chernow's biography Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton explores the life of the American founding father and first Secretary of the Treasury, as well as his experiences as an orphan of the British West Indies who immigrated to the 13 Colonies and helped shape the United States of America. The show, which had its world premiere at the Public Theater, features a hip-hop score written by Miranda.
In addition to Miranda, Odom, and Soo, the featured cast also includes Tony winners Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler) and Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson), and Tony nominee Christopher Jackson (George Washington), as well as Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Shuyler, Maria Reynolds).
Current alternate Javier Muñoz will be taking on the onstage duties of Miranda. Replacements for Odom and Soo are to be announced.