Played by Leslie Odom Jr.
Leslie Odom Jr. stars as Tom's (Christian Borle) talented boyfriend, Sam Strickland, who is a member of the "Bombshell" chorus and Ivy Lynn's (Megan Hilty) best friend. Sam, a Broadway veteran, fights to break out of the ensemble.
A young man of many talents, Odom Jr. moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2003 after graduating, with honors, from the prestigious musical theater B.F.A. program at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has worked non-stop since then.
His most recent credits include a starring role in the 2012 George Lucas-produced feature about the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, entitled "Red Tails.
Odom has a strong array of TV work that includes guest and recurring roles on "Grey's Anatomy," "Supernatural," "NCIS: LA," "Vanished," "Big Day," "The Bill Engvall Show," "Close to Home," "Gilmore Girls," "The Big House," "Zeke and Luther, "House of Lies" and "Threshold" as well as series regular roles in the pilots "Supreme Courtships" for FBC and "Poe" for ABC.
His stage work includes the original La Jolla Playhouse production of "Jersey Boys," "Being Alive," a musical that merged the music of Stephen Sondheim with the words of William Shakespeare, the Reprise Theatre Company productions of "Once on This Island" and "Applause," and "Rent." Most recently, he starred on Broadway in the musical "Leap of Faith," for which he won the prestigious Astaire Award for recognition of his "outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway."