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‘Hamilton’ star, Leslie Odom Jr., performing at BYU in September

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Leslie Odom Jr., best know for his role as Aaron Burr in the Tony Award-winning "Hamilton," will perform at BYU on September 2–3. (Photo courtesy BYU

Leslie Odom Jr., best know for his role as Aaron Burr in the Tony Award-winning “Hamilton,” will perform at BYU on Sept. 2. (Photo courtesy BYU)

Recent Tony Award-winner and “Hamilton” star, Leslie Odom Jr., will perform at Brigham Young University on Sept. 2.

The announcement comes a few days after BYU announced the concert for Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, previously scheduled for September, had been postponed until May 19–20 because of an unexpected scheduling conflict with her film schedule. Tickets to her concert won’t go on sale until April 3, 2017.

Odom won a 2016 Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his role as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” a musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Before joining the original cast of “Hamilton,” Odom performed on Broadway as Paul in “Rent” (1996) and Isaiah Sturdevant in “Leap of Faith” (2012).

In June, Odom released a self-titled album of jazz songs from the American song book including “Autumn Leaves,” “Looking For the Silver Lining” and “I Know That You Know.”

“We want to pull out songs from the American song book and we want to make them palatable for a modern audience,” Odom told CBS about his new album. “We pitched the album saying we want to make the music that Nat King Cole would make today, so we want to modernize this sound and make this music relevant and important again.”

Odom’s BYU program includes smooth jazz and classics from the American songbook and will be backed by a live band.

Tickets to Odom’s BYU concert cost $45–$70 and will go on sale on Tuesday, July 26 at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at arts.byu.edu or by calling (801) 422-2981.

Correction: The original post said Odom would perform on both Sept. 2nd and 3rd; however, he will only be performing on Friday, Sept. 2. 

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