Hamilton: Leslie Odom Jr. leaving show with Lin-Manuel Miranda
“I am indeed leaving on July 9. It has just been the most completely wonderful, totally healing, and inspiring experience from beginning to end,” he said. “I will never forget the people that I’ve met here. I’ll never forget all of you.” He added later in the video, “I’m excited to have a blank page and I’m excited to go out and find something new.”
Odom also addressed Miranda’s reveal that the original cast will film the production before he leaves. “As of right now, I am not a part of that film,” he clarified. “I’ll let you know if anything changes. I would love to be a part of it. There’s a small chance I won’t be, and if I’m not, I’m sure they’ll find somebody great.”
See his full video response below.
Odom recently won the Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton’s rival and eventual killer. “I will cherish this,” he said during his acceptance speech.
The Broadway musical took home 11 Tony Awards out of a record 16 nominations. Afterwards, Miranda commented on his own departure, confirming that he’ll leave “sometime this summer” — though a return isn’t out of the question. “The answer to that is, flash forward to a few years when you are going to be so sick of me playing Hamilton,” he joked. “Because I have written this character that I cannot age out of.”