Hamilton Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. will return to his native Queens, NY to sing the national anthem and perform a special duet with pop singer Phil Collins as part of the August 29 opening night ceremony of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The duet, the first time the two singers will be performing together, will be televised live by ESPN2.
Odom, who won the 2016 Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in Hamilton, recently released his eponymous debut album on S-Curve Records and hit #1 on both the Billboard and iTunes Jazz Albums charts. TV appearances include Law & Order: SVU, Gotham and Smash.
During his performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Odom will be accompanied by the FDNY Color Guard and NYPD Honor Guard. A special light show designed specifically for the entire performance will also be part of the show.