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Former ‘Hamilton’ star gets a book deal

Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. is publishing an inspirational book in 2018.
Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. is publishing an inspirational book in 2018. Amy Sussman/Invision/AP

Which former “Hamilton” star just landed a book deal? Wait for it — it’s Aaron Burr, sir.

The Associated Press reports that Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr., who played Burr and beat out “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda last year for Best Lead Actor in A Musical, has signed a deal with Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.

The book will be called “Failing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning” and is due out in March of 2018. The AP reports that it will be structured like a commencement speech and will describe the actor’s rise to success.

What else has Odom been doing since he left “Hamilton” a year ago? He’s dropped two albums “Leslie Odom Jr.” and the holiday album “Simply Christmas.” You may have also spotted him crooning on Nationwide Insurance commercials.

“Hamilton”-related books have been in the news recently. Last week “Hamilton: The Revolution,” the libretto of the hit Broadway show by Miranda and Jeremy McCarter won an Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year. The play hasn’t made it to South Florida yet but is scheduled for 2018/2019 season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale (and here’s the best way to get tickets).

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