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Leslie Odom, Jr. in Concert

Best known for his killer performances in "Hamilton" and "Murder on the Orient Express," this Tony Award winner shows his artistic journey is only beginning.

AIRED: April 27, 2018 | 0:55:06
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TRANSCRIPT

♪ THE MIND CHURNS...

WINNER OF THE 2016 TONY AWARD

FOR HIS INSTANTLY LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE AS AARON BURR IN "HAMILTON,"

LESLIE ODOM, JR. BRINGS HIS REMARKABLE TALENT TO LINCOLN CENTER.

ODOM, JR.: ♪ WITHOUT YOU...

McDONALD: IN ADDITION TO HIS SUBSTANTIAL MUSICAL THEATER PROWESS,

LESLIE IS ALSO AN ACCLAIMED JAZZ VOCALIST,

SHAPING TENDER MELODIC LINES WITH IMPECCABLE ELEGANCE.

ODOM, JR.: ♪ ...KNOW

I'M AUDRA McDONALD.

PLEASE ENJOY AN EVENING WITH LESLIE ODOM, JR.

ODOM, JR.: I WANT TO BE COURAGEOUS

MORE THAN I WANT TO BE FEARLESS,

'CAUSE I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S POSSIBLE TO BE FEARLESS,

BUT YOU CAN BE COURAGEOUS.

YOU CAN...LOOK YOUR FEAR IN THE FACE

AND DO THINGS ANYWAY.

YOU KNOW, UM...

THAT'S THE KIND OF ARTIST I WANNA BE.

THOSE ARE THE KIND OF ARTISTS THAT TOUCH ME MOST.

[PIANO INTRO PLAYING]

ODOM, JR.: ♪ ON A CLEAR DAY

♪ RISE AND LOOK AROUND YOU

♪ AND YOU'LL SEE WHO YOU ARE

♪ ON A CLEAR DAY

♪ HOW IT WILL ASTOUND YOU

♪ THAT THE GLOW OF YOUR BEING ♪

♪ OUTSHINES EVERY STAR

♪ YOU'LL FEEL PART OF

♪ EVERY MOUNTAIN, SEA, AND SHORE ♪

♪ AND YOU'LL HEAR FROM FAR AND NEAR ♪

♪ A WORLD YOU'VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE, AND ON A ♪

♪ CLEAR DAY

♪ ON A CLEAR DAY

♪ YOU CAN SEE FOREVER AND EVER ♪

[NEW SONG INTRO]

♪ THIS IS MY WINTER SONG TO YOU ♪

♪ THE STORM IS COMING SOON ♪

♪ IT ROLLS IN FROM THE SEA

♪ MY VOICE, A BEACON IN THE NIGHT ♪

♪ MY WORDS WILL BE A LIGHT

♪ TO CARRY YOU TO ME

♪ IS LOVE ALIVE?

♪ IS LOVE ALIVE?

♪ THEY SAY THAT THINGS JUST CANNOT GROW BENEATH THE WINTER SNOW ♪

♪ OR SO I HAVE BEEN TOLD

♪ THEY SAY WERE BURIED FAR

♪ JUST LIKE A DISTANT STAR I SIMPLY CANNOT HOLD ♪

♪ IS LOVE ALIVE?

♪ IS LOVE ALIVE?

♪ IS LOVE ALIVE?

♪ IS LOVE ALIVE?

♪ MMM

♪ THIS IS MY WINTER SONG

♪ DECEMBER NEVER FELT SO WRONG ♪

♪ 'CAUSE YOU'RE NOT WHERE YOU BELONG ♪

♪ INSIDE MY ARMS

[ECHOING] ♪ MY ARMS, MY ARMS

♪ HEY, HEY-HEY, HEY-HEY

♪ I STILL BELIEVE IN SUMMER DAYS ♪

♪ THE SEASONS ALWAYS CHANGE

♪ AND LIFE WILL FIND A WAY

♪ I'LL BE A HARVESTER OF LIGHT ♪

♪ JUST SEND IT OUT TONIGHT, AND WE CAN START AGAIN ♪

♪ IS LOVE ALIVE?

♪ IS LOVE ALIVE?

♪ IS LOVE ALIVE, YEAH?

♪ IS LOVE ALIVE?

♪ IS LOVE?

♪ MMM MMM

♪ THIS IS MY WINTER SONG

♪ DECEMBER NEVER FELT SO WRONG ♪

♪ 'CAUSE YOU'RE NOT WHERE YOU BELONG ♪

♪ INSIDE MY ARMS

♪ HEY HEY HEY

♪ GOOD NIGHT

♪ I LOVE YOU

[UPBEAT SONG PLAYING]

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

NEW YORK CITY.

THERE ARE PEOPLE OVER HERE...

WHICH MEANS THERE MUST BE PEOPLE OVER THERE.

♪ LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING

♪ WHENEVER CLOUDS APPEARS IN THE BLUE ♪

♪ REMEMBER SOMEWHERE, THE SUN IS SHINING ♪

♪ AND SO THE RIGHT THING TO DO ♪

♪ IS MAKE IT SHINE FOR YOU

♪ A HEART

♪ OF JOY AND GLADNESS

♪ WILL ALWAYS BANISH SADNESS AND STRIFE ♪

♪ SO ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING AND ♪

♪ TRY TO FIND

♪ YOUR SUNNY SIDE

♪ OF LIFE

[GUITAR SOLO]

THAT'S STEVEN WALKER.

[APPLAUSE]

♪ A HEART

♪ OF JOY AND GLADNESS

♪ WILL ALWAYS BANISH SADNESS AND STRIFE ♪

♪ SO ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING AND ♪

♪ TRY TO FIND

♪ YOUR SUNNY SIDE

♪ OF LIFE

♪ PLEASE DON'T BE OFFENDED IF I PREACH TO YOU A WHILE ♪

♪ TEARS, THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS IN EYES THAT WERE MEANT TO SMILE ♪

♪ THERE'S A WAY TO MAKE YOUR VERY BIGGER STRUGGLES SMALL ♪

♪ HERE'S THE HAPPY SECRET, THE SECRET OF IT ALL ♪

♪ LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING ♪

♪ DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME IN LIFE PINING ♪

♪ LINING, LINING

♪ YEAH-H-H

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

ODOM, JR., VOICE-OVER: THE LONGER YOU SING CERTAIN SONGS,

THE LONGER THEY'RE IN YOUR REPERTOIRE,

THE MEANINGS CAN CHANGE ALONG THE WAY.

THERE WAS THIS SONG "I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW"

THAT WE RECORDED ON MY FIRST RECORD.

AND WHEN I RECORDED IT THEN, IT MEANT A CERTAIN THING TO ME.

AND THEN AFTER THE BIRTH OF LUCY,

I WAS ON SOME STAGE SOMEWHERE AROUND THE COUNTRY

AND I WAS LIKE, "I THINK THIS SONG IS ABOUT MY KID."

[PLAYING "I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW" INTRO]

♪ LIFE'S A GAME, BUT WHO CAN PLAY IT ALL ALONE? ♪

♪ EV'RY CHAP SHOULD HOLD A HEART THAT'S ALL HIS OWN ♪

♪ LOVE MAY COME AT FIRST SIGHT, THEY TOLD ME ♪

♪ WHEN I SAW YOU, I KNEW ♪

♪ I HAD FOUND MY ONLY LOVE WHEN I MET YOU ♪

♪ SO, DARLING, I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW ♪

♪ THAT I'LL GO WHERE YOU GO

♪ I CHOOSE YOU, WON'T LOSE YOU ♪

♪ I WISH YOU KNEW HOW MUCH I LONG TO HOLD YOU ♪

♪ THIS TIME IS MY TIME

♪ WILL SOON BE GOOD-BYE TIME

♪ IN STARLIGHT, HOLD ME TIGHT ♪

♪ WITH ONE MORE LITTLE KISS SAY "NIGHTY-NIGHT" ♪

[GUITAR SOLO]

♪ OH, LOVE MAY COME AT FIRST SIGHT, THEY TOLD ME ♪

♪ WHEN I SAW YOU, I KNEW ♪

♪ I HAD FOUND MY ONLY LOVE WHEN I MET YOU ♪

♪ SO, DARLING, I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW THAT ♪

♪ I'LL GO WHERE YOU GO

♪ I CHOOSE YOU, WON'T LOSE YOU ♪

♪ I WISH YOU KNEW HOW MUCH I LONG TO HOLD YOU, BABY ♪

♪ THIS TIME IS MY TIME

♪ WILL SOON BE GOOD-BYE TIME

♪ IN STARLIGHT, HOLD ME TIGHT ♪

♪ ONE MORE LITTLE KISS

♪ THEN SAY "NIGHTY-NIGHT"

♪ THEN SAY "NIGHTY-NIGHT" ♪

♪ YEAH, YEAH

♪ YEAH, YEAH, YEAH-EAH-EAH ♪

♪ I WILL GO WHERE YOU GO

♪ YOU WILL GO WHERE I GO ♪

♪ IN THE MOONLIGHT, WALK WITH ME ♪

♪ IN THE MOONLIGHT

♪ IN

♪ IN

♪ YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW ♪

♪ YEAH

♪ OH, I WILL GO WHERE YOU GO ♪

♪ YOU WILL GO WHERE I GO ♪

♪ IN THE MOONLIGHT, WALK WITH ME ♪

♪ IN THE MOONLIGHT, YEAH

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

I GOT A SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY AT THE FREEDOM THEATRE IN PHILADELPHIA,

WHICH IS ONE OF THE OLDEST BLACK REPERTORY THEATER COMPANIES IN THE COUNTRY.

FREEDOM WAS WHERE I HAD MY FIRST ACTING CLASSES

AND MY FIRST DANCE CLASSES,

AND FREEDOM INTRODUCED ME TO THE WORLD OF THE THEATER.

YOU CAN DO A LOT OF THIS ON YOUR OWN,

BUT YOU CAN'T DO ALL OF IT ON YOUR OWN.

THERE WERE TEACHERS AND GUIDES AND, YOU KNOW,

PEOPLE THAT I'LL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL FOR

WHO SORT OF PUSHED ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

OR IN A DIRECTION. HA!

[SONG INTRO PLAYING]

♪ THE FALLING LEAVES DRIFT BY MY WINDOW ♪

♪ THE FALLING LEAVES OF RED AND GOLD, I ♪

♪ SEE YOUR LIPS, SUMMER KISSES ♪

♪ SUNBURNED HANDS I USED TO HOLD ♪

♪ OH, SINCE YOU WENT AWAY, DAYS GROW LONG ♪

♪ SOON I'LL HEAR OLD WINTER'S SONG ♪

♪ BUT I MISS YOU MOST OF ALL, MY DARLING ♪

♪ WHEN AUTUMN LEAVES START TO FALL ♪

♪ BABY

♪ THE FALLING LEAVES DRIFT BY MY WINDOW ♪

♪ FALLING LEAVES OF RED AND GOLD, I ♪

♪ SEE YOUR LIPS, SUMMER KISSES ♪

♪ SUNBURNED HANDS I USED TO HOLD ♪

♪ SINCE YOU WENT AWAY

♪ SOON I'LL HEAR OLD WINTER'S SONG ♪

♪ BUT I MISS YOU, OH, BABY ♪

♪ WHEN AUTUMN LEAVES START TO FALL ♪

♪ I MISS YOU, MISS YOU

♪ RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW, BABY ♪

♪ AUTUMN LEAVES START TO-- ♪ GO.

♪ FALLIN', FALLIN'

♪ FALLIN', FALLIN', FALL ♪

♪ COME BACK, BABY

♪ OH, DARLIN'

♪ MY DARLIN'

♪ IT STARTS TO FALL

♪ OOH

♪ OOO EEE

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

ODOM, JR., VOICE-OVER: AROUND 6 YEARS AGO, I WENT TO EVERY SINGLE FACEBOOK FRIEND,

EVERY PERSON IN MY PHONE BOOK,

EVERY E-MAIL ADDRESS THAT I HAD,

AND I ASKED FOR HELP TO MAKE A DREAM COME TRUE.

I FELT LIKE I HAD NEVER REALLY ASKED FOR ANYTHING BEFORE,

BUT I WAS ASKING NOW.

YOU KNOW, I NEEDED HELP MAKING THIS DEBUT ALBUM,

AND MY COMMUNITY MADE A WAY FOR ME.

YOU KNOW, SO, ON NIGHTS LIKE THIS ONE, I AM...

PROFOUNDLY GRATEFUL, UM...

IT WAS, IN MANY WAYS, THE BEGINNING OF ALL THIS,

BECAUSE I--I WAS HUMBLED BY THE GENEROSITY,

BUT ALSO I FOUND MY VOICE ALONG THE WAY,

MAKING THAT RECORD.

I DISCOVERED WHO I WAS AS AN ARTIST.

[SONG INTRO PLAYING]

♪ UNFORGETTABLE

♪ THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE

♪ UNFORGETTABLE

♪ THOUGH NEAR OR FAR

♪ LIKE A SONG OF LOVE THAT CLINGS TO ME ♪

♪ HOW THE THOUGHT OF YOU DOES THINGS TO ME ♪

♪ NEVER BEFORE

♪ HAS SOMEONE BEEN MORE, OOH ♪

♪ UNFORGETTABLE

♪ IN EVERY WAY

♪ AND FOREVER MORE, THAT'S HOW YOU'LL STAY ♪

♪ THAT'S WHY, DARLING, IT'S INCREDIBLE ♪

♪ THAT SOMEONE SO UNFORGETTABLE ♪

♪ THINKS THAT I AM UNFORGETTABLE, TOO ♪

MR. MICHAEL MITCHELL ON KEYS.

[APPLAUSE]

♪ OOH, UNFORGETTABLE

[APPLAUSE]

♪ IN EVERY WAY-AY

♪ AND FOREVER MORE, THAT'S HOW YOU'LL STAY ♪

♪ THAT'S WHY, DARLING, IT'S INCREDIBLE ♪

♪ THAT SOMEONE SO, SO UNFORGETTABLE ♪

♪ THINKS THAT I AM

♪ UNFORGETTABLE

♪ TOO-OO-OO

[APPLAUSE]

ODOM, JR., VOICE-OVER: PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, ALL OVER THE WORLD,

YOU LEAVE, YOU KNOW, HOME, YOU LEAVE EVERYTHING YOU KNOW

TO COME TO NEW YORK CITY BECAUSE THERE'S SOMETHING

IN YOUR SPIRIT THAT NEEDS TO BE EXPRESSED...

AND YOU CANNOT REST UNTIL THAT THING IS EXPRESSED,

TILL YOU GET THAT THING OUT.

YOU MAY NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS EXACTLY.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS EXACTLY THAT NEEDED TO BE EXPRESSED.

THAT'S WHAT "HAMILTON" WAS FOR ME.

I GOT TO SAY THE THING THAT I CAME TO NEW YORK TO SAY.

ODOM, JR.: WHAT I REALIZED WAS THAT...

THERE WAS A SPACE MISSING,

I FELT LIKE, FOR ACTORS OF COLOR.

THERE WERE THINGS THAT WE WERE NOT ASKED TO DO.

IT WAS A FULLER EXPRESSION THAT I KNEW OR THOUGHT

THAT I WAS CAPABLE OF.

AND "HAMILTON" ALLOWED ME TO ACCESS THAT.

ODOM, JR., VOICE-OVER: LEAVING WHEN THINGS ARE BAD IS EASY.

LEAVING WHEN IT'S AMAZING--YOU KNOW, "HAMILTON" WAS THE MOST

TRANSFORMATIVE, WONDERFUL, CREATIVE EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.

SO LEAVING WAS NOT EASY... AND YET, IT WAS TIME TO GO.

THAT'S WHAT THIS SONG IS ABOUT.

THAT'S WHAT A SONG LIKE "JOEY, JOEY, JOEY" IS ABOUT.

[SONG INTRO PLAYING]

♪ LIKE A PERFUMED WOMAN

♪ THE WIND BLOWS IN THE BUNKHOUSE ♪

♪ LIKE A PERFUMED WOMAN

♪ SMELLIN' OF WHERE SHE'S BEEN ♪

♪ SMELLIN' OF OREGON CHERRIES ♪

♪ OR MAYBE TEXAS AVOCADO

♪ SOMETHIN' LIKE ARIZONA SUGAR BEETS ♪

♪ THE WIND BLOWS IN

♪ AND SHE SINGS TO ME

♪ 'CAUSE I'M ONE OF HER RAMBLIN' KIN ♪

♪ SHE SINGS

♪ JOEY

♪ JOEY

♪ JOEY

♪ JOEY

♪ JOEY, JOE

♪ YOU'VE BEEN TOO LONG

♪ IN ONE PLACE

♪ AND IT'S TIME TO GO

♪ TIME TO GO, OH OH OH OH ♪

♪ JOEY

♪ JOEY, JOEY

♪ JOEY

♪ JOEY, JOE

♪ YOU'VE BEEN TOO LONG

♪ IN ONE TOWN, YEAH

♪ AND THE HARVEST TIME'S

♪ COME AND GONE

♪ THAT'S WHAT THE WIND

♪ SINGS TO ME

♪ WHEN THE BUNK I'VE BEEN BUNKIN' IN ♪

♪ GETS TO FEELIN' TOO SOFT AND COZY ♪

♪ WHEN THE GRUB THEY'VE BEEN COOKIN' ME ♪

♪ GETS TO TASTIN' TOO GOOD

♪ WHEN I'VE HAD ALL I WANT

♪ OF THE LADIES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ♪

♪ SHE SINGS

♪ JOEY

♪ JOEY

♪ JOEY, JOE

♪ YOU'VE BEEN TOO LONG

♪ IN ONE PLACE

♪ YOU KNOW, IT'S TIME TO GO ♪

♪ TIME TO GO-O-O-O-O

♪ JOEY

♪ JOEY

♪ JOEY, JOE

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

ODOM, JR.: THERE'S NO ONE THAT I TRUST MORE THAN NICOLETTE.

SHE'S MY PARTNER IN MANY, MANY THINGS,

BUT SHE'S ALSO MY GREATEST TEACHER.

SO, THERE'S NOBODY THAT'S TAUGHT ME MORE THAN NIC.

SHE'S MY EYES, 'CAUSE I CAN'T ALWAYS SEE IT.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE SOMETIMES.

I WILL TRUST HER MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

[PLAYING SONG INTRO]

BOTH: ♪ REASONS TO CALL INCLUDE GOING AFTER THE KILL ♪

♪ I WATCHED AS LOVE ENSUED

♪ AND I LOST EVERY OUNCE OF MY OWN FREE WILL ♪

♪ I SEE YOUR MOUTH IS A HEALTHY SHADE OF PINK ♪

♪ BUT ITS ONLY TIME THAT IS KEEPING OUR BODIES FROM SINKING INTO THE GROUND ♪

♪ WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

♪ OH, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? ♪

♪ I AM A LOT LIKE YOU

♪ I SEE BEAUTY IN ALL

♪ BUT HOW LONG CAN WE HOLD ONTO ♪

♪ THIS FEELING WE HAD JUST BEFORE THE FALL? ♪

♪ YOU'LL BE THE HERO, AND I'LL BE THE VICTIM YOU'LL SAVE ♪

♪ AND WE'LL COME FULL CIRCLE WHEN I FIND MYSELF SINGING SONGS TO YOU IN YOUR GRAVE ♪

♪ WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

♪ OH, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? ♪

NICOLETTE: ♪ I'M NO GOOD INSIDE THIS MESS ♪

♪ I'M A WILD-EYED ROMANTIC, AND I'M DROWNING IN MY CARELESSNESS ♪

♪ AND EVEN WHEN I'M WITH YOU AND WE'RE DREAMING OUR BIG DREAMS ♪

♪ I'M STUCK SOMEWHERE BETWEEN MY TWO MOST DANGEROUS EXTREMES ♪

BOTH: ♪ OH, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? ♪

♪ OH, WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? ♪

♪ OH, WHAT ARE WE WAITING ♪

♪ FOR?

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

ODOM, JR.: SINGING WAS SOMETHING

THAT WAS AROUND SINCE I WAS A LITTLE KID,

BUT SINGING DIDN'T MEAN, YOU KNOW, BROADWAY.

I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BROADWAY.

SINGING WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW, WAS MICHAEL JACKSON,

OR IT WAS...YOU KNOW,

NEW EDITION OR BOBBY BROWN OR SOME--

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? LIKE IT WAS--

SINGING WAS-- WAS POP MUSIC.

IT WASN'T--IT DIDN'T HAVE A THEATRICAL CONTEXT TO ME

UNTIL MUCH, MUCH LATER.

[PLAYING SLOW SONG INTRO]

♪ WHEN I FEEL WHAT I FEEL

♪ SOMETIMES IT'S HARD TO TELL YOU SO ♪

♪ YOU MAY NOT BE IN THE MOOD TO LEARN ♪

♪ WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW

♪ THERE ARE TIMES WHEN I FIND

♪ YOU WANNA KEEP YOURSELF FROM ME ♪

♪ WHEN I DON'T HAVE THE STRENGTH ♪

♪ I'M JUST A MIRROR OF WHAT I SEE ♪

♪ BUT AT YOUR BEST, YOU ARE LOVE ♪

♪ YOU'RE A POSITIVE, MOTIVATING FORCE WITHIN MY LIFE ♪

♪ SHOULD YOU EVER FEEL THE NEED TO WONDER WHY ♪

♪ LET ME KNOW

♪ LET ME KNOW

♪ WHEN YOU FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL ♪

♪ OH, HOW HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND ♪

♪ SO MANY THINGS HAVE TAKEN PLACE BEFORE THIS LOVE AFFAIR BEGAN ♪

♪ BUT IF YOU FEEL, OH, LIKE I FEEL ♪

♪ CONFUSION CAN GIVE WAY TO DOUBT ♪

♪ FOR THERE ARE TIMES WHEN I FALL SHORT OF WHAT I SAY ♪

♪ WHAT I SAY I'M ALL ABOUT, ALL ABOUT ♪

♪ BUT AT YOUR BEST, YOU ARE LOVE ♪

♪ YOU'RE A POSITIVE, MOTIVATING FORCE WITHIN MY LIFE ♪

♪ SHOULD YOU EVER FEEL THE NEED TO WONDER WHY ♪

♪ LET ME KNOW

♪ LET ME KNOW

♪ 'CAUSE AT YOUR BEST, YOU ARE LOVE ♪

♪ YOU'RE A POSITIVE, MOTIVATING FORCE WITHIN MY LIFE ♪

♪ SHOULD YOU EVER FEEL THE NEED TO WONDER WHY ♪

♪ LET ME KNOW

♪ LET ME KNOW

♪ LET ME KNOW

♪ LET ME KNOW

♪ OHH OHH OHH, WHY?

♪ LET ME KNOW

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

ODOM, JR., VOICE-OVER: SINGING FOR ME

IS ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION THAT'S HAPPENING IN THE ROOM,

AND ALSO, YOU KNOW, IT'S ABOUT COMMUNICATING WITH SOULS--

SOULS THAT ARE NOT YET HERE, SOULS THAT HAVE DEPARTED.

AND SO, WHEN I'M SINGING SONGS FROM "RENT,"

I'M--I'M TRYING TO CONNECT WITH JONATHAN AND THANK HIM FOR CHANGING MY LIFE.

JONATHAN LARSON CHANGED MY LIFE.

[SONG INTRO PLAYING]

♪ WITHOUT YOU

♪ THE GROUND THAWS

♪ THE RAIN FALLS

♪ THE GRASS GROWS

♪ WITHOUT YOU

♪ THE SEEDS ROOT

♪ THE FLOWERS BLOOM

♪ THE CHILDREN PLAY

♪ THE STARS GLEAM

♪ THE POETS DREAM

♪ THE EAGLES FLY

♪ WITHOUT YOU

♪ THE EARTH TURNS

♪ THE SUN BURNS

♪ BUT I DIE WITHOUT YOU

♪ WITHOUT YOU

♪ THE BREEZE WARMS

♪ THE GIRL SMILES

♪ THE CLOUD MOVES

♪ WITHOUT YOU

♪ THE TIDES CHANGE

♪ THE BOYS RUN

♪ THE OCEANS CRASH

♪ THE CROWDS ROAR

♪ THE DAYS SOAR

♪ THE BABIES CRY

♪ WITHOUT YOU

♪ THE MOON GLOWS

♪ THE RIVER FLOWS

♪ BUT I DIE WITHOUT YOU

[SOFT GUITAR SOLO]

♪ WITHOUT YOU

♪ WITHOUT YOU

♪ THE HAND GROPES

♪ THE EAR HEARS

♪ THE PULSE BEATS

♪ WITHOUT YOU

♪ THE EYES GAZE

♪ THE LEGS WALK

♪ THE LUNGS BREATHE

♪ THE MIND CHURNS

♪ THE HEART YEARNS

♪ THE TEARS DRY WITHOUT YOU

♪ LIFE GOES ON

♪ BUT I'M GONE

♪ CAUSE I'D DIE

♪ WITHOUT

♪ YOU

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

ODOM, JR.: WHEN YOU...

UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT YOURSELF...

AND YOUR, YOU KNOW, SPOT ON THE TIMELINE...

THERE'S SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE MEANT TO DO ON THIS PLANET

THAT NOBODY CAN DO LIKE YOU CAN DO.

AND IF YOU DON'T DO IT, IT DOESN'T GET DONE.

THE SPOT ALREADY EXISTS. THERE'S ALREADY A LANE FOR YOU.

YOU KNOW, GET OUT OF THE WAY SO YOU CAN BE FREE IN IT.

[SONG INTRO PLAYING]

♪ SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT ♪

♪ AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND?

♪ SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT ♪

♪ AND AULD LANG SYNE?

♪ FOR AULD LANG SYNE, MY DEAR ♪

♪ FOR AULD LANG SYNE

♪ WE'LL TAKE A CUP OF KINDNESS YET ♪

♪ FOR AULD LANG SYNE

♪ FOR AULD LANG SYNE, MY DEAR ♪

♪ FOR AULD LANG SYNE

♪ WE'LL TAKE A CUP OF KINDNESS YET ♪

♪ FOR AULD LANG SYNE, YEAH

[PLAYING NEW SONG INTRO]

♪ LORD

♪ DEAR LORD ABOVE

♪ GOD ALMIGHTY

♪ GOD OF LOVE

♪ PLEASE LOOK DOWN AND SEE

♪ MY PEOPLE THROUGH

♪ I BELIEVE THAT GOD PUT SUN ♪

♪ AND MOON UP IN THE SKY

♪ I DON'T MIND THE GRAY SKIES 'CAUSE THEY ARE ♪

♪ CLOUDS JUST PASSING

♪ BY

♪ HE'LL GIVE PEACE AND COMFORT ♪

♪ TO EVERY TROUBLED MIND

♪ 'CAUSE SUNDAY, OH, COME SUNDAY ♪

♪ THAT'S THE DAY

♪ OH, OH, AH

♪ COME SUNDAY, OH, COME SUNDAY ♪

♪ THAT'S THE DAY, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH ♪

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

ODOM, JR.: WHEN YOU... COMMIT TO FOLLOWING A DREAM,

WHEN YOU COMMIT TO FOLLOWING AN IMPULSE,

IT DOESN'T ALWAYS LEAD YOU TO WHERE YOU THINK IT'S GONNA LEAD YOU,

FOR BETTER OR WORSE.

FOLLOWING THAT IMPULSE LED ME TO CARNEGIE MELLON

AND THEN LED ME TO LOS ANGELES, WHICH LED ME TO "HAMILTON,"

WHICH, YOU KNOW, LED ME TO LINCOLN CENTER.

IT JUST, YOU KNOW--AND THERE'S BEEN UPs AND DOWNs ALONG THE WAY

AND...MAJOR FAILURE, AND, YOU KNOW,

ALL THAT STUFF ALONG THE WAY, BUT...

BECAUSE I'M FOLLOWING THE THING THAT I LOVE,

YOU COUNT IT ALL JOY.

[APPLAUSE]

♪ THE PARTY'S OVER

♪ IT'S TIME TO CALL IT A DAY

♪ THEY'VE BURST YOUR PRETTY BALLOON AND TAKEN THE MOON AWAY ♪

♪ IT'S TIME TO WIND UP THE MASQUERADE ♪

♪ JUST MAKE YOUR MIND UP

♪ THE PIPER MUST BE PAID

♪ THE PARTY'S OVER

♪ THE CANDLES FLICKER AND DIM

♪ YOU DANCED AND DREAMED THROUGH THE NIGHT, IT SEEMED TO BE RIGHT ♪

♪ JUST BEING WITH HIM

♪ NOW YOU MUST WAKE UP

♪ ALL DREAMS MUST END

♪ TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP

♪ THE PARTY'S OVER

♪ IT'S ALL OVER

♪ MY FRIEND

[MUSIC CONTINUES]

♪ THE PARTY'S OVER

♪ IT'S TIME TO CALL IT A DAY

♪ THEY'VE BURST YOUR PRETTY BALLOON AND TAKEN THE MOON AWAY ♪

♪ NOW YOU MUST WAKE UP

♪ ALL DREAMS MUST END

♪ TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP

♪ THE PARTY'S OVER

♪ IT'S ALL OVER

♪ MY FRIEND

[MUSIC CONTINUES]

♪ IT'S ALL RIGHT, IT'S ALL RIGHT, IT'S ALL RIGHT ♪

♪ EVERYTHING ENDS, MY FRIENDS ♪

♪ EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING ENDS

♪ AH AH AH AH AH AH ♪

♪ AH AH AH AH AH AH ♪

♪ WE LOVE YOU, WE LOVE YOU ♪

♪ THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING TONIGHT, TONIGHT ♪

[LOUD CHEERING]

♪ THANK YOU, LINCOLN CENTER ♪

♪ THANK YOU TO THIS BAND

[LOUDER CHEERING]

♪ THANK YOU TO MITCHELL

♪ ORLANDO

♪ JOHN DAVIS

♪ AND TO SENFAUB

♪ STEVEN WALKER

♪ WE LOVE YOU, WE LOVE YOU, WE LOVE YOU ♪

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

[CHEERING CONTINUES]

♪ THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AT HOME ♪

THANK YOU.

[CHEERING CONTINUES]

[PLAYING UPBEAT JAZZ]

McDONALD: WE HOPE YOU'VE ENJOYED "LESLIE ODOM, JR. IN CONCERT."

FOR "LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER," I'M AUDRA McDONALD.

GOOD NIGHT.

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[LOUD CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

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