If you’re determined to be in the room where it happens, you’ll have to plan ahead. Since demand is expected to be so high for Leslie Odom Jr.’s appearance late this month, the University of Iowa Lecture Committee and Hancher, where Odom will speak, have decided to make it a ticketed event. It is still free and open to the public; however, a general admission ticket will be required for entrance.
Ticketing for Leslie Odom, Jr.
Hancher Auditorium — Monday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
Hancher Auditorium — Monday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
There will be two separate opportunities to pick up tickets: one for students and one for community members. Tickets will not be available by phone or online. UI students can go to Hancher Auditorium on Monday, March 6 at 10 a.m. to access the limited number of seats specifically set aside for them. The following day, Tuesday, March 7, tickets will be made available to the general public, also beginning at 10 a.m. Each individual may pick up no more than two tickets.
Odom’s appearance, part of the UI Lecture Series, will be on Monday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and attendees must be in their seats by 7:15 p.m. or their spot will be released to waiting patrons. “Ticketholders will also be asked not to save seats for later arrivals,” the press release notes.
The 2016 Tony award winner for Best Actor in a Musical, nominee for a Drama Desk award for the same and, with the cast, winner of a Grammy award for the cast album, Odom has been greatly lauded for his performance as Aaron Burr in the runaway success story Hamilton. Through his work on that already-iconic history show, he has made both Burr and himself household names, even among those typically less engaged in history. The show itself has had an unprecedented impact on the surrounding culture, among fans young and old.
Odom was just 17 years old when he made his Broadway debut in another cultural touchstone musical, Rent. His last performance as Burr, a role he originated, was on July 9, 2016. He has since released an album, his second, titled Simply Christmas (Nov. 11, 2016) and is currently in production for a new film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, due out this year. Many people are familiar with him thanks to his appearance last year in a commercial for Nationwide Insurance.