Leslie Odom Jr. cancels local event


Actor/singer cancels planned Christmas Tour due to health and safety issues

Woodbine Productions, this week received difficult news from the management team of Leslie Odom, Jr., the star of stage and screen who was scheduled to start his Christmas Tour in Brookings on Nov. 30 at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.
“Due to health and safety issues that impact logistic and production elements, Leslie Odom Jr.’s team has determined that the Christmas Tour will not proceed as scheduled,” according to a statement from his publicity and marketing director.  
Odom has performed in Broadway, most notably as Aaron Burr in the blockbuster “Hamilton,” for which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. He also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2016. He has appeared in several films.
Odom has released four albums and a book, titled “Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning.”
David Reynolds, director of the School of Performing Arts, expressed significant disappointment at the news and reached out via email and mailed letters to the nearly 600 patrons who had secured tickets already for the performance.
“Woodbine Productions is working to determine a future date to reschedule. We apologize for the disruption in the Woodbine Productions season and are working to resolve this situation,” Reynolds said.
As the Woodbine Productions team is working to address this cancelation, and striving to find a date to reschedule, they ask for the public’s patience. While ticket buyers may request a refund of the value of the tickets purchased, there is also an option to retain their premium seats for the performance we are striving to rebook.
“We were very much looking forward to hosting Mr. Odom for a return engagement, and our incoming students had been reading his book, Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning”, Reynolds said.
“Our efforts to host top artists doesn’t start and stop with their performances on stage.  We always add a student engagement element for our students pursuing degrees in the School of Performing Arts.  We regret that these students will not have an opportunity to meet Mr. Odom this month as planned,” Reynolds said.
Refunds for the Nov. 30 performance, may be requested by calling or emailing Julia Blashack, program assistant and special projects coordinator for the School of Performing Arts at 605-688-5188.

– From the SDSU Foundation

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