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The Brightest Lights on Broadway: Leslie Odom, Jr.

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During its off-Broadway run, Hamilton—the political hop-hop musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda—earned a deafening buzz. Now that the show has hit Broadway, Leslie Odom Jr., who stars as Aaron Burr, feels that enthusiasm growing. “Every time there’s a new audience in the room, they’re thrilled to be there,” he says. According to director Thomas Kail, plenty of that excitement is Odom’s doing. “Leslie has a connection with the audience, and it’s something you can’t teach,” Kail says. “The energy transferring between 1,350 people and this company will give off a jolt of electricity I can’t wait to see.”

Odom Jr., right, wears suit and shirt by Dior Homme and shoes by Fratelli Rosetti. Stylist: Paul Frederick. Photographed on location at Sid Gold’s Request Room, New York City.

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