With a live-stage filming of the Broadway smash Hamilton debuting on Disney+ in July, consumption of the Hamilton cast album skyrocketed, resulting in a No. 2 peak on the Billboard 200 and a streaming spike that, as of November, had yet to return to its previous level in January. Below, Leslie Odom Jr. — who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Aaron Burr — reflects on the extended phenomenon and finally getting to see the original Broadway cast as a spectator.
"With the show streaming on Disney+, I got to see what all the fuss was about. It’s a snapshot, a glimpse of a different time in my life, where I was a useful member of a championship team. I hope it’s not the peak, but it was a peak of my life, for sure. And with the cast album, it’s why you strive for as close to perfection as you can in the moment because you just don’t know how long something is going to hang on. We certainly hoped that it would be relevant for years to come.