The McKnight Center announces Tony and Grammy Award-winning star Leslie Odom, Jr., to perform in place of Renée Elise Goldsberry on April 28 and 29
(STILLWATER, Okla.)-- The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University announces multifaceted Tony and Grammy Award-winning, three-time Emmy and two-time Academy Award-nominated vocalist, songwriter, and actor Leslie Odom, Jr., to perform on April 28 and April 29. Previously booked actress and singer Renée Elise Goldsberry canceled her performance due to a change in filming schedules. The
McKnight Center hopes to present Goldsberry in a future season.
Like Goldsberry, Odom starred in the smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton, originating the role of "Aaron Burr" and winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in RENT and has since received recognition with Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards, as well as Academy Award nominations for his excellence and achievements in Broadway, television, film and music. He most recently starred in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion, which broke records for Netflix.
Odom 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. 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.
Additional film and television credits include Apple TV+’s Central Park (2020 Emmy nomination), Hamilton on Disney+ (2021 Emmy nomination), Abbott Elementary, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, Love in the Time of Corona, Harriet, 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.
“We are thrilled to welcome Leslie Odom, Jr., to our stage this April. Mr. Odom, Jr. has a vast repertoire, and he delivers a charismatic performance that we know will captivate the audience,” said Mark Blakeman, the Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director of The McKnight Center. Blakeman says that the center is understanding of artists who need flexibility in their performance dates, and hopes ticket buyers will be, too. “In-demand artists like Ms. Goldsberry are always managing multiple projects at once. We know this cancelation is disappointing for her fans, but we’re positive they’ll love Mr. Odom, Jr.’s performance.”
Blakeman says all tickets previously purchased to Ms. Goldsberry’s concerts will remain valid for Mr. Odom, Jr. and there is no further action current ticket holders need to take. Tickets to the April 28 and 29 concerts are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mcknightcenter.org or contact the box office at 405.744.9999.
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About The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University is a world-class epicenter for the arts dedicated to attracting celebrated national and international programs with notable performing arts productions and artists. The McKnight Center is an expression of Oklahoma State University's commitment to the arts to inspire and transform lives through artistic excellence, creative experiences, and impactful learning opportunities. To learn more, visit mcknightcenter.org.