Shawn Stalter, Contributing Critic - Dallas/Ft. Worth
The success of Broadway mega-hit, “Hamilton” likely drew a majority of the audience into the expansive Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for an evening with Leslie Odom Jr. However, shortly into his performance with the dynamic Dallas Symphony Orchestra, it became apparent that Odom’s silky-smooth voice and versatile style transcends well-beyond the score of “Hamilton” to soar high into the stratosphere of onstage vocal talent.
Although primarily known for his award-winning role as “Aaron Burr” in “Hamilton,” Leslie Odom Jr. made his Broadway debut at the tender age of 17 in “Rent.” His love for the stage and blossomed since that time and helped him garner multiple, top-tier accolades including the 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dance on Broadway for his role in “Leap of Faith,” and many more. In addition to his exceptional work on the stage, Odom Jr. is featured in small screen roles including “Sam Strickland” in “Smash,” “Reverend Curtis Scott” in “Law & Order: SVU” and a big screen role in the 2012 film “Red Tails.”
With such a diverse background and extensive stage experience, it came as no surprise that Odom Jr. delivered a classy, well-rounded and supremely-entertaining performance showcasing his gifts. In one of many heartfelt addresses to the audience, he discussed his post-Hamilton desire to craft a unique musical sound reminiscent of what Nat King Cole would likely generate if he were alive today.
Leslie Odom Jr. showcased a unique combination of deep, warm and caressing vocals which seamlessly combined with the sensual percussion, guitar, bass and piano of his talented band. This rich musical tapestry blended into a flowing, textured and smile-inducing sound. Audience members in this nearly sold out symphony center sat in rapt amazement at the sheer volume of musical talent collected on one stage. Backed by the world-class musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jeff Tyzik, this is one event that lovers of theater, music or top-tier vocal talent simply cannot afford to miss.
Secure your seat to witness the talented men and women of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra host to Broadway sensation Leslie Odom Jr. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center by calling 214-849-4376 or visit www.mydso.com to learn more.
Photo credit: Nathan Johnson