Leslie Odom, Jr. who’s won rave reviews and most recently a Tony for his performance on the smash Broadway musical Hamilton, is set to leave the show on July 9.
According to the New York Times, Odom made the announcement in a short video on Facebook Live that was streaming live from his dressing room before a Sunday matinee of the show.
“It has just been the most completely wonderful, totally healing and inspiring experience from beginning to end,” said Odom, who has portrayed Aaron Burr in the Broadway production.
He continued, “I’m excited to have a blank page again. I’m excited to go out and find something new.”
Odom’s plan to leave Hamilton, comes after other members of the show had made announcements that they were exiting the show, according to the International Business Times. Lin-Manuel Miranda who wrote the show and portrays Alexander Hamilton is leaving on July 9. Phillipa Soo, who portrays Eliza Hamilton, will also exiting the show on the same day.
“I will never forget the people that I’ve met here. I will never forget all of you,” said Odom, who said that the rehearsals were the most exciting part of working on the show.
He continued, “I can’t wait to see all the guys that come after me and show me [more] about Burr.”
Entertainment Weekly reported that Odom made a mention of a performance with the original cast being filmed before Miranda is due to leave Hamilton.