Brookings register | Leslie Odom Jr. cancels local event
Woodbine Productions received tough news this week from the management team of Leslie Odom, Jr., the stage and movie star who was set to begin their Christmas tour in Brookings on November 30 at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.
“Due to health and safety issues impacting logistics and production elements, Leslie Odom Jr.’s team have determined that the Christmas tour will not go as planned,” according to a statement from its director of advertising and marketing.
Odom has performed on 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. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2016. It has appeared in several films.
Odom has released four albums and a book titled “Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Vis Higher, and Never Stop Learning”.
David Reynolds, principal of the School of Performing Arts, expressed his disappointment at the news and emailed and sent letters to the nearly 600 patrons who had already secured tickets to the show.
“Woodbine Productions is working to determine a future date to postpone. We apologize for the disruption of the Woodbine Productions season and are working to resolve this situation, ”said Reynolds.
As the Woodbine Productions team works to remedy this cancellation and struggles to find a date to reschedule, they are asking for the patience of the public. While ticket buyers can request a refund of the value of tickets purchased, there is also an option to keep their premium seats for the show we are working to reserve.
“We were very excited to welcome Mr. Odom for a return engagement, and our new students had read his book, Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Vis Higher, and Never Stop Learning,” said Reynolds.
“Our efforts to welcome the best artists do not start and end with their performances on stage. We are always adding an element of student engagement for our students pursuing degrees at the School of Performing Arts. We regret that these students did not have the opportunity to meet Mr. Odom this month as scheduled, ”said Reynolds.
Refunds for the November 30 performance can 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