NY1 spoke to Odom as his run in Hamilton was coming to an end. He was occasionally witness to the mania created by the show. He said, “People are kinda willing to push each other and step on each other and push a head down, “Leslie! Will you sign this!” Y’know, “Leslie! My kid-“ you know that kind of thing.”
But the realities of Broadway allowed him to deflect much of the outside world’s obsession.“ I have a show tonight, I had two yesterday,” Odom recounted. “I got knees that need to be iced, I got – I need a massage like you wouldn’t believe. That’s the really beauty part of eight shows a week that’ll keep your feet pinned down to the ground because you don’t get to get carried away by it.”
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Hamilton presented another decision. Before the show became an international sensation, Odom had a choice.
For modest money at the Public Theater, stick with Hamilton, which he already knew was the greatest piece of work he’d ever been offered or go with a previously arranged contract for a television show and much bigger money.
“I wanna buy my mom a house too,” Odom said. “Walter Lee says in Raisin in Sun: ‘Can’t my wife wear pearls?’”
“I have responsibilities at home in Philadelphia and here in New York City. $500 a week don’t cut it. But how can I walk away from this show? And how can I turn down a television contract too? So, but I listened to that crazy instinct. There was something that was keeping me up at night about Hamilton,” Odom recalled of his decision.
With his wife, fellow actor Nicolette Robinson by his side, Odom seems at peace with his decision to leave Hamilton and take a risk on something new.
“If I get comfortable and fall in love with this side of it, you know then fear can set in: “Oh well what if it all goes away?” What I have to remind myself is: what if it does all go away? I’ve been there. I survived that,” he said.
“All of this is uncharted for me now. As the writer of sort of the story of my life, I’m turning the page and it’s blank. And so — is there doubt? There’s faith and there’s trust and there is — there’s the unknown,” said Odom.
Vegan Quinoa Cannellini Burgers from Jamie Stelter of ‘TV Dinner’ & NY1
I love this recipe from Jamie who I watch every morning on NY1 here in NYC!
From Jamie: “This recipe is so wonderful because not only is it delicious and satisfying, but it also has the ability to convince a meat eater that life (and dinner) are just as great on the green side. It surprised Brian because it was so hearty, so tasty… and yet, so healthy too. I like my food spicy so if you’re like me, have at it and add that sriracha. Serve it on a salad, on a bun, or just plate it with some veggies. Whichever you choose, I promise you’ll enjoy it.”
26 July 2016 / Madison Square Garden / New York City, USA
01. Burn the Witch 02. Daydreaming 03. Decks Dark 04. Desert Island Disk 05. Ful Stop 06. Lotus Flower 07. The National Anthem 08. 15 Step 09. No Surprises 10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief 11. Separator 12. Planet Telex 13. The Numbers 14. 2+2=5 15. Everything In Its Right Place 16. Myxomatosis 17. Idioteque encore 18. Let Down 19. Present Tense 20. Paranoid Android 21. Nude 22. Bodysnatchers encore 2 23. Bloom 24. Street Spirit [Fade Out]