Watch: Colbert Shares Prince’s Review of 'Hamilton' With Show's Star Leslie Odom, Jr.
Hamilton has become so popular that even Stephen Colbert, host of "The Late Show," wasn't sure he'd score a ticket.
But his guest last night, Leslie Odom, Jr., who plays the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway hit, reassured Colbert, “Anybody who introduces us at the Grammys gets a ticket to the show."
"What does it feel like to be part of theatrical history?" Colbert asked. "Because you can’t go see it without saying, I’m seeing something truly different, truly significant, truly beautiful. And you have an incredible variety of people who have fallen in love with this work. Is there a pecking order as to who gets to say hi first backstage?"
"It a great joy of our lives to get to do something that's this big that’s actually art," replied Odom. "We’re very lucky. To have people like [Tom Hanks], Spike Lee, Shonda Rhimes confirming that this thing was special gave us a lot of confidence. One night we had Busta Rhymes, Salman Rushdie and Mandy Patinkin."
“Well you actually had one guest who came to the show a month ago,” Colbert said, pulling out a framed tweet. “It’s Prince, who called it ’the best history class ever.’ Even before the sad news of today, what does it mean that someone who has been so influential saw you doing something different.”
Odom was stunned.
“It’s humbling—and we don’t take it for granted at all," he told Colbert. "I remember we got invited the day of a private concert he was going to give in Harlem. And then he came the next night [to see the show]. It meant the world to us and then Prince didn’t come backstage so we were all waiting to see, Did he like it? Did he care about it? He sent that tweet, so we’ll never forget stuff like that.”