““Listen, theater can be any fucking thing we want it to be,” Odom said, leaning forward. “It is…”

“Listen, theater can be any fucking thing we want it to be,” Odom said, leaning forward. “It is malleable. It is strong. It is sturdy. So shut the fuck up. We can make it whatever we want it to be. Kids can play adults. And old people can play young people. And black people can play white people and Asian people can play black people. If it’s done with a thoughtfulness and a care and a reason, we can do anything.”

Yes, Hamilton has underlined that point, but that doesn’t mean Odom is settling. Because no matter how successful Hamilton is, it can’t last forever. And part of why Odom continues to work so hard is because he knows it.

“You kind of just get used to things not coming through and being rejected and being in shows that are not successful. And so when it does come around, I think what keeps you grounded is that you’re kind of always wondering when it’s going to fall through,” Robinson said.

There’s a certain amount of uncertainty inherent in any actor’s life: Every major success is tempered by the question of what’s next. For now, Odom is focused solely on the daily challenges of Hamilton and reinventing himself in every performance.

And by the time he steps out of Aaron Burr’s shoes, he’ll have worn them every way possible.

“I know that it’s only a moment — it is fleeting,” Odom said. “But to have a show that means as much to historians as it does to rap legends, as it does to actors and writers and young theater practitioners and businesspeople and parents, this is the dream. This is it.”

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