‘Hamilton’ actor Leslie Odom Jr. to speak at Univ. of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. will visit the University of Virginia as the UVA President’s 2019 Speaker for the Arts.

Odom originated the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” He is expected to discuss his life and career and the impact of the arts on education when he visits UVA’s John Paul Jones Arena on Jan. 19.

The event will be presented in conjunction with UVA’s 2019 Community MLK Celebration. It is free and open to the public.

Leslie Odom Jr in costume for his role as Aaron Burr in ‘Hamilton,’ 2015. Photo by Pete Souza

Odom’s appearance marks a return to UVA following his performance during the Bicentennial Launch Celebration in October 2017.

Odom’s performance in “Hamilton” earned him the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and a Grammy Award as a principal soloist on the original cast recording.

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