*Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr. will take his Tony Award and go home.
The actor announced Sunday that he will leave his role as Aaron Burr in the Tony winning Broadway production on Saturday, July 9. The evening performance that day will be his last, as well as the final curtain call for his Tony nominated co-star Phillipa Soo and Hamilton’s creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
“I am indeed leaving on July 9,” Odom announced in a Facebook Live broadcast on Sunday before Hamilton’s matinee performance. “It has just been the most completely wonderful, totally healing and inspiring experience from beginning to end. I will never forget the people that I’ve met here. I will never forget all of you.” He added, “I can’t wait to see all the guys that come after me and show me [more] about Burr.”
The actor, who won a best actor in a musical Tony Award for the role earlier this month, was previously best known for his work in Broadway’s Rent and on NBC’s “Smash.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Odom was integral to the original cast’s months-long effort to secure a profit-sharing deal with the show’s producers after it began raking in millions, which ultimately succeeded. Earlier this month, he also released a self-titled album, which shot to the top of iTunes’ jazz charts.