“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”: An Interview with James Taylor Odom 2

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta’s 2018/2019 season

James Taylor Odom is a Georgia boy, a native of Lawrenceville and a proud Berkmar High School alum. He comes from a musical family. With a grandfather that had success as a country music songwriter, the family’s passion for music is no surprise. His love of the theater stems from watching classic movies with his dad.


When asked how that love translates into his current career in musical theater, he said it was easy: Musical theater requires all of the theatrical skills at once. Trained in piano, Odom is thrilled to be able to act, sing and dance on stage.


It’s truly a homecoming for Odom. And the story of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is a rousing ride. When Monty Navarro finds out that he’s going to get quite an inheritance, he’s not going to let his place at ninth in line for the fortune stop him from getting rich. Someone’s got to go. Our hometown guy plays those eight members of the family as each one meets a bitter or comedic end. Crazy, right? Not for Odom. He’s got lots of experience in both one-man shows and playing multiple characters on stage. In a previous performance of “Murder for Two,” he played 13 different suspects. In “A Gentleman’s Guide,” he pulls off one split second change after the next, becoming a whole new character in 14 seconds or less.


Odom has carefully considered what each member of the family wears, how they speak and the manner in which they move. This show offers a unique theater experience that is at once classic and contemporary.


“Theater and this show in particular is a wonderful escape from everyday hustle and bustle,” says the actor. The music and singing are exceptional. Odom say the costumes and sets are richly designed, the writing is clever and the romance between the characters is palpable, making for an all-around good time.


I asked Odom to give South Fulton Lifestyle readers a fun fact about him and his answer did not disappoint. Turns out he’s a huge fan of the Golden Girls! When asked to pick his favorite, he simply couldn’t. He said it would be like choosing his favorite family member that he plays in “Gentleman’s Guide.”


“Each one is her own kind of perfect and they all need each other,” says Odom.


Watching James Taylor Odom realize his Broadway dreams is its own form of perfection.


For more information on the 2018/2019 lineup or to order online, visit BroadwayInAtlanta.com.

Season Schedule Disney’s ALADDIN: September 12-23 SCHOOL OF ROCK – The Musical: October 16-21 WHITE CHRISTMAS: November 27-December 2 WAITRESS: February 5-10, 2019 DEAR EVAN HANSEN: April 23-28, 2019 COME FROM AWAY: June 25-30, 2019 CATS: August 6-11, 2019