Leslie Odom, Jr. tickets available Monday, Tuesday

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.

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV »


World of Bikes presents:


Come talk with our experts about ways to stay on the bike this winter! Find out more at World of Bikes.

Get Started

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.


$10/mo or $120/year
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.


$20/mo or $240/year
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.


$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW) connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.