Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Grammy and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. will headline the National Council of Jewish Women / Cleveland’s Gala 125 on April 21, 2020.

Odom will dialogue with his father-in-law and mentor, Stuart K. Robinson, a Hollywood actor, teacher and casting director, and perform a mini-cabaret show at the event, according to a news release.

Odom, the originator of the Aaron Burr role in “Hamilton,” for which he won a Tony award, is also a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, a television and film actor, a cabaret-style performer and most recently, an author and a star in the film “Harriet,” the story of Harriet Tubman.

He made his Broadway debut in “Rent” and has appeared in the 2017 remake of “Murder on the Orient Express.” Previous film work includes the 2012 historical drama, “Red Tails,” among others.

Odom’s television appearances have included the TV musical drama series “Smash; “recurring roles on NBC’s” Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” CBS’ “Persons of Interest” and “CSI: Miami”; and guest appearances on “The Good Wife,” “Gotham,” and Showtime’s “House of Lies.”

In 2018, Odom Jr. released the book, “Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning.” It brings together what the 37-year-old Odom Jr. has learned in life, tapping into themes of starting something new, following passions, discovering personal potential and surrounding himself with the right people.

Odom was born in Queens, N.Y., and grew up in Philadelphia. He graduated from Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.

He earned a degree with honors at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and then moved to Los Angeles with wife, Nicole Robinson, and daughter, Lucille Ruby.

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