Renowned across stage, screen and song, Leslie Odom Jr. is best known for his roles as Aaron Burr in Hamilton and Purlie in Purlie Victorious. The Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning artist will showcase an unforgettable array of music from his new album in “An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr.” on March 9 at the Staller Center.
Odom Jr. comes to Stony Brook fresh off the critically acclaimed Broadway show Purlie Victorious, bringing his “tonal perfection” (The New Yorker) to Staller. His return-to-Broadway performance stunned critics and audiences alike with his natural charisma and charm, reflecting his power as an artist. The comedy-turned-musical originally premiered in 1961 to widespread critical acclaim. Though the revival was only supposed to run through early January 2024, its success extended its engagement by another month.
The event will showcase Odom Jr.’s ability to bring passion to classics and his own personal, contemporary pieces. The show will feature music from his new album “When a Crooner Dies,” past originals and fan favorites from the hit show Hamilton.
Odom Jr.’s genius expands far beyond the theater. His self-titled debut album charted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart. The singer released his fifth full-length album this past November to universal praise. A collection of highly polished, smooth jazz/pop fusion ballads, the album spotlights Odom’s songwriting talents and unparalleled musical ability, with The Gazette dubbing his vocals “as smooth as hot buttered rum.” His star power has earned him big screen credits, including The Exorcist: Believer; Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery; The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to HBO’s The Sopranos; and One Night in Miami — earning him an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of legendary musician Sam Cooke.
“An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr.” is the Staller Center’s 2024 Annual Gala, but that doesn’t mean it’s invite only. The Staller Center for the Arts offers performance-only tickets to all of its Gala events, which means you can see some of your favorite stars at an accessible price. Odom Jr.’s performance at the Staller Center will commemorate more than two decades of Staller’s annual Gala, crafted around the music that has shaped Odom Jr.’s journey, all with a world-class big band.
Tickets are available for the performance only, starting at $95.
Gala Supporter Tickets are also available and include access to VIP seating and a reception following the performance. To learn more about becoming a gala supporter, visit stallercenter.com/gala.