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Leslie Odom Jr. talks Aaron Burr, San Diego and life after 'Hamilton'

Leslie Odom Jr. talks Aaron Burr, San Diego and life after 'Hamilton'

To those who know Leslie Odom Jr. for his Tony Award-winning turn in the world-conquering musical "Hamilton," the dashing singer-actor might seem some kind of overnight success.

The truth is, Odom, now 35, spent years striving to make a name for himself in a very tough business before landing the role of a lifetime as Aaron Burr, the politician who famously (and fatally) shoots the title hero in "Hamilton."

At 17, Odom became the youngest-ever actor hired for the Broadway production of "Rent"; he went on to play numerous roles in theater around the country, as well as in film and TV, including a key part in the series "Smash" just...

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