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Hamilton Star Leslie Odom Jr. To Headline Count Basie Theatre 2018 Summer Gala

originally published: 03/06/2018

Hamilton Star Leslie Odom Jr. To Headline Count Basie Theatre 2018 Summer Gala

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Leslie Odom, Jr. will headline the 2018 summer gala for the Count Basie Theatre on Saturday, June 30 at 7:30pm.  The Tony ® and Grammy ® award winning Hamilton star will entertain the audience on an evening in which the Jay And Linda Grunin Foundation are honored for their support of the arts.  Tickets start at $45.

The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation is a private family philanthropic foundation based in Toms River, which aims to make the Central Jersey Shore the regional template for quality of life and strong economic health through root-cause focused investment in healthcare, education and the arts.

In September, the Grunin Foundation announced a $2 million gift to the Count Basie Theatre’s “The Future Is Now” capital campaign, lending their name to the historic venue’s arts and education building, currently under construction at the west end of the Basie’s 99 Monmouth Street property.

“It is a proud moment for our Foundation to be recognized by the Count Basie Theatre team, especially at an event featuring Tony and Grammy award winning artist Leslie Odom, Jr.,” said Jeremy Grunin, President, Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. “The work we’ve been able to do together around the arts and education will ultimately be transformational for the Jersey Shore.”

“Count Basie Theatre board member Jeremy Grunin and his parents, Jay and Linda Grunin, have truly moved the theater to a new level,” said Basie CEO and President Adam Philipson. “The support we receive from the family’s foundation for the programs that will be brought to life in their new education building has been truly revolutionary – and so, a ‘Hamilton’ theme for our gala could not be more appropriate.”



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Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. completed his run on Broadway starring as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the original cast of the blockbuster hit musical, Hamilton, a role that earned him the 2016 Tony® Award for Lead Actor In A Musical. He is also a Grammy® Award-winner as a principal soloist on Hamilton’s original Broadway cast recording, which won the 2016 award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent, before heading to Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, dance and film.

Additional theatre credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award; the 2014 musical “Venice,” which also played at The Public Theater; and the Encores! Off-Center production of Tick, Tick... Boom!, which was his first time working with Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The Count Basie Theatre is located at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, NJ.





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Event calendar
Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018


MUSIC

DON FELDER @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

The Tenors: Fan Favorites Tour @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:30pm

An Evening with Emily Saliers @ Pollak Theatre, West Long Branch - 7:30pm


THEATRE

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

The Color Purple @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 7:30pm

Auditions: A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 7:00pm







DANCE

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018 @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:00pm

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