Leslie Odom Jr. rode the role of Aaron Burr in "Hamilton" to a Tony Award last month for Best Lead Actor in a Musical. Now another actor will see if he can fill those shoes.
Alexander Hamilton might lend the Broadway hit show his name, but Burr, the founding father who guns down Hamilton in the play's climactic duel, arguably steals the show. Odom Jr. is moving on from the revolutionary production, following the lead of the show's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will give up his own role as the show's titular character after the July 9 performances. According to Broadway World, two-time Tony-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon will take over for Odom Jr. starting with the show's mid-August performances.
The 34-year old actor was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and is a graduate of St. Albans School and Columbia University. He is best known for originating the Broadway roles of Harpo in 2005's "The Color Purple" and Berry Gordy Jr. in 2013's "Motown: The Musical." Dixon earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play for "The Color Purple." He picked up his second Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in "Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed." He also appeared in the Tony-winning "Hedwig and the Angry Itch" in 2014.
In the revamped "Hamilton" cast, Dixon will be joined by Lexi Lawson, who will replace Phillipa Soo in the role of Eliza Hamilton, and Michael Luwoye, who will serve as the alternate to Javier Muñoz, Miranda's replacement in the title role.
Odom will leave "Hamilton" after the July 9 performances. The actor, who released a self-titled jazz album earlier this month, revealed the news in a Facebook Live video.
“I am indeed leaving on July 9,” he confirmed. “It has just been the most completely wonderful, totally healing and inspiring experience from beginning to end. I will never forget the people that I’ve met here. I will never forget all of you.”