Count Basie Center Summer Gala - Hamilton's TONY® and Grammy® Award Winner

Leslie Odom Jr.

Honoring the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation

SAT • JUNE 30 • 7:30PM

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Tickets: $89, $79, $69, $45 | Limit 8 tickets per billing address

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. completed his run on Broadway starring as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the original cast of the blockbuster hit musical, “Hamilton,” a role that earned him the 2016 Tony® Award for Lead Actor in a Musical. He is also a Grammy® Award-winner as a principal soloist on “Hamilton”’s original Broadway cast recording, which won the 2016 award for Best Musical Theater Album. Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in “Rent,” before heading to Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, dance and film.

Additional theater credits include “Leap of Faith” on Broadway, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award; the 2014 musical “Venice,” which also played at The Public Theater; and the Encores! Off-Center production of “Tick, Tick… Boom!,” which was his first time working with “Hamilton” creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best-known for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical series “Smash,” and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on “Law & Order: SVU.” He’s also appeared in episodes of “Gotham,” “Person of Interest,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House of Lies,” “Vanished” and “CSI: Miami.” On the big screen he starred in the 2012 film “Red Tails,” opposite Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Oyelowo.

Leslie’s debut solo album, Leslie Odom, Jr, was released in June 2016 on S-Curve Records and quickly rose to number one on the Billboard and iTunes Jazz charts. Look for him this fall in Kenneth Branagh’s reimaging of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” featuring an all-star cast including Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench and more.

Odom Jr. was raised in Philadelphia, and currently resides in New York City.

Presented by Count Basie Center for the Arts

The Room Where it Happens: The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation | The Rohl Family – Mark, Denise, Remi, and Peri

Meet Me Inside: Katie and Mark Schultz

Blow Us All Away: Investors Bank | Victoria and William Marraccini | Mary Beth and Jerry Radke

My Shot: Ana and Richard Blank | Robert E. Evanson | Food Circus Supermarkets Inc. | Joseph Galdo | Marta and Juan Gutierrez | Fran and Richard Habib | Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center Hanlon Sculpture Studio | Nancy Karpf | Robin and John Klein | Deborah and Robert MacDougall | Maser Consulting, PA  | Valerie and Frank Montecalvo Dr. and Mrs. James Orsini | Michael Parent | Maggie Riker | RWJBarnabas Health – Monmouth Medical Center | Melanie and Matthew Saker Allison and Jonathan Schultz | The Sivo Family Patty and David Springsteen | Kathleen and Robert Stone / R. Stone and Company | Janet and Tom Widener | World Subaru – Nicole and Joe Wajda | The Wintrode Family Foundation

Underwriting: Bar – Tito’s Handmade Vodka | Dessert – Juan and Marta Gutierrez | Floral Sponsor – Narcissus Florals