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An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr.

June 24, 2023 | 8:00 pm

Photo credit: Tony Duran

A Schaefer Popular Series Event

Series Sponsorship provided by Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer.
Performance Sponsorship provided by Explore Boone, Mast General Store, Goodnight Brothers,
SkyBest Communications, Inc., University Bookstore, and Appalachian Home Care LLC.

Performing a mix of jazz-influenced soul, pop, standards and more with his band!

Leslie Odom, Jr. is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Tony and Grammy Award-winning, and three-time Emmy Award nominated actor, singer, songwriter, and entertainer. With an expansive career that touches many performance genres, Odom Jr. has been repeatedly recognized as a unique performer with a serious and distinct dedication to the craft of storytelling. Best known for his breakout role as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the hit musical Hamilton on Broadway, as well as his critically acclaimed performance as legendary soul singer Sam Cooke in Regina King’s 2020 film, One Night in Miami, Odom, Jr. most recently starred in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion, which broke records for Netflix, and next up he’ll star in The Exorcist for Blumhouse and Universal Pictures.

LOCATION: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC 28608

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at theschaefercenter@appstate.edu or call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.


Standard Tier 1: $70
Standard Tier 2: $60
Standard Tier 3: $50
Students: $25 (limited availability)

Saturday, June 24, 2023 | 8pm
Doors open at 7pm

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.


Leslie Odom, Jr. is a multifaceted Tony and Grammy Award-winning, three-time Emmy and two-time Academy Award-nominated vocalist, songwriter, author, and actor. With a career that spans all performance genres, Odom has received recognition for his excellence and achievements in Broadway, television, film, and music. He can currently be seen in Rian Johnson’s critically acclaimed Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, streaming worldwide on Netflix. Odom is currently in production on the highly anticipated sequel to the original iconic film The Exorcist. The film is scheduled to be released in October 2023. In 2020, Odom starred as legendary singer Sam Cooke in the award-winning Amazon film adaptation of One Night in Miami…, directed by Regina King. His portrayal of the soul icon and musical performance of original song “Speak Now” was met with widespread praise and critical acclaim, earning him multiple awards and nominations. He also starred in The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to David Chase’s award-winning HBO series The Sopranos, released in October 2021. Well known for his breakout role as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Odom hosted The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back! on CBS in September 2021 (2022 Emmy nomination). Additional film and television credits include Apple TV+’s Central Park (2020 Emmy nomination), Hamilton on Disney+ (2021 Emmy nomination), Abbott ElementaryThe Proud Family: Louder and ProuderLove in the Time of CoronaHarriet, and many more. He is a BMG recording artist and has released four full-length albums. Co-written with Nicolette Robinson, Odom’s first children’s book, I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, will be published by Feiwel & Friends on March 28, 2023. 


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June 24, 2023
8:00 pm
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