Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Public Theater Extends World Premiere Musical Hamilton To Sunday, April 5

New Initiative “Hamilton for a Hamilton” Lottery Announced

January 14, 2015 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced a second extension today for the world premiere musical HAMILTON, beginning previews on Tuesday, January 20 in The Public’s Newman Theater. Inspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Thomas Kail, HAMILTON will now run through Sunday, April 5 with an official press opening on Tuesday, February 17.

Free tickets to the first preview on Tuesday, January 20 will be available via TodayTix mobile lottery, launching today. Winners will be notified by email and push notifications between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the day of the first preview. Winners must confirm their winning tickets in the TodayTix app within one hour of being notified. A limited number of tickets will also be distributed, beginning at 12:00 p.m., via lottery in the lobby of The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette Street.

In addition to the free first preview “Free for All” Initiative, The Public and TodayTix will offer “Hamilton for a Hamilton” ($10), furthering the innovative new partnership with TodayTix and The Public’s ongoing commitment to making theater accessible to everyone. During the run of Hamilton, a pair of tickets will be available for each performance for $10 per ticket, beginning on January 21. The lottery will begin each day at midnight for the performance that same day, and winners will be notified three to four hours before show time. Winners will make the payment in the TodayTix app and collect the tickets at the box office.

The complete cast features Carleigh Bettiol (Ensemble); Andrew Chappelle (Swing); Ariana DeBose (Ensemble); Alysha Deslorieux (Swing); Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson); Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler); Sydney James Harcourt (Ensemble); Sasha Hutchings (Ensemble); Christopher Jackson (George Washington); Brian d’Arcy James (King George); Thayne Jasperson (Ensemble); Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds); Stephanie Klemons (Swing); Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton); Javier Muñoz (Hamilton Standby); Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr); Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison); Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton); Jon Rua (Ensemble); Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton); Seth Stewart (Ensemble); Betsy Struxness (Ensemble); Ephraim Sykes (Ensemble); and Voltaire Wade-Greene (Swing).

From the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, HAMILTON is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become. Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins; costume design by Paul Tazewell; lighting design by Howell Binkley; sound design by Nevin Steinberg; music direction and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire; and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.


Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues—including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The Public’s wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all; Public Works, a new initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, including Public Lab; and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company’s core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. Key elements of the revitalization an expanded and refurbished lobby; the addition of a mezzanine level with a new restaurant lounge, The Library, designed by the Rockwell Group. www.publictheater.org

The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities; Bank of America, Proud Season Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park; The Harold & Mimi Steinberg New Play Development Fund at The Public Theater Supports the Creation and Development of New Plays; The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation - Lead Supporter of The Public’s Access and Engagement Programming; The Time Warner Foundation, Founding Sponsor of The Emerging Writers Group; Delta Air Lines, Official Airline of The Public Theater; New York Magazine is the official print sponsor of The Public Theater’s 2014-2015 downtown season; Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency.


HAMILTON begins performances on Tuesday, January 20 in The Public’s Newman Theater and will now run through Sunday, April 5. Tickets to the First Preview “Free For All” on Tuesday, January 20 are free and available by lottery in The Public Theater lobby and by TodayTix mobile app.

Public Theater Member tickets, starting at $80, and single tickets, starting at $95, are available now by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. A limited number of $20 tickets, subject to availability, will be distributed via a lottery in the lobby of The Public Theater. For full details on the lottery, please visit publictheater.org. These tickets are $20, cash only, with a limit of two tickets per person.

TodayTix and The Public will also offer “Hamilton for a Hamilton” ($10) where a pair of tickets will be available for every performance for $10 per ticket, beginning on January 21. The lottery will begin each day at midnight for the performance that same day, and winners will be notified three to four hours before show time. Winners will make the payment in the TodayTix app and collect the tickets at the box office.

The performance schedule is Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (There is no 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 24 and Saturday, January 31. There is no 8:00 p.m. performance on Sunday, March 8 and Sunday, March 15).

The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drinks, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Joe’s Pub at The Public continues to offer some of the best music in the city. For more information, visit www.publictheater.org.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BOLD and Clear Space

NGLCCNY new members BOLD and Clear Space have a lot to offer it's clients.  Please take a look and get to know them more. 

At BOLD we know that the personality of an environment is born in the concept phase. Lighting is integral to the form and the function of a space, which is why design for us and our clients begins with comprehensive research, agreed-upon goals, and unique ideas.  We are an award winning lighting design firm based in New York City with projects worldwide. Our team's extensive experience covers, but is not limited to lighting design for the following: Art Galleries and Exhibit Spaces, Building Exteriors and Facades, Corporate Offices, Gardens, Landscapes and Parks, Hotels and Resorts, Museums, Residences, Retail Stores, and Theater.

Some of our specialties include custom fixture design, dimming control system design and integration and energy conservation including designing with LEED guidelines.  For inquiry contact us by clicking here.

If you or anyone you know is looking to get organized and needs some help for the new year, try NGLCCNY member Smith Banfield of Clear Space.  Smith, an independent representative for the Container Store and A "Container Store Expert," is offering a free 30 minute phone consultation ($150 value) to see if Clear Space can help you organize your home and life.  Currently Smith is taking consultations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens to design closets, and other areas of the home, to create better storage systems.  For more information about Clear Space visit Clearspacenyc.com

Monday, January 12, 2015

NGLCCNY: Transition and Expansion of Committee Leaders

Dear NGLCCNY Members,

We are so excited about the transition and expansion of leaders on our volunteer Executive Committee and Industry Council.  It is with great pleasure that we welcome new committee chairs Phyllis Mehalakes, Rob Finkelstein, Brian Pasalich and Shameek Bose to their respective committees of Ambassadors, Supplier Diversity, Financial Services Industry Council and Social Impact Industry Council.  In addition, we are honored to have David Ricciardi moving from our Supplier Diversity Committee to chair the newly created Corporate Engagement Committee.  Please learn more about these incredible leaders in their bio and committee descriptions outlined below.

Phyllis Mehalakes
Ambassadors Chair

Phyllis Mehalakes is an Associate Broker and Relocation Specialist with Douglas Elliman Real Estate with 14 years of experience.  Phyllis has works with sellers, buyers and investors in the sale and purchase of condominium and cooperative apartments, multifamily and single family townhouses, mixed use buildings and small apartment buildings.  In her work as a certified relocation specialist she also works with corporate executives and others relocating into, and out of, Manhattan.  She takes pride in guiding her clients through the challenges of buying and selling real estate in the city and works in a consultative manner to empower her clients and understand their exact needs and priorities.

Prior to her career in real estate, Phyllis was a management consulting executive and senior technology professional.  She developed and implemented technology strategies, managed multimillion dollar application development and systems integration projects and developed technology solutions to support mission critical business initiatives for Fortune 500 clients in the financial services and telecommunications industries.  She was employed at some of the most well respected technology and consulting companies in the industry including KPMG and IBM.  Phyllis has a BS in Computer Science from Stony Brook University and a MS in Management from NYU-Poly.  Phyllis volunteers for the NGLCCNY as Chairwoman of the Ambassador Committee, and is President of her co-op board. 

The Ambassador committee will continue to enhance the overall experience of the NGLCCNY by showing our members and guests how to best leverage NGLCCNY resources to improve business growth and development.  We look forward to hosting our New Member Breakfasts and welcoming guests and members to our monthly M3 Mixers. Phyllis can be reached at Phyllis@nglccny.org.

David Ricciardi
Corporate Engagement Chair

David Ricciardi is moving from his long-time role as Chair or Supplier Diversity to the new position of Chair of Corporate Engagement.  In his new role, David will be working, along with the Chamber Staff, as the liaison between the NGLCCNY and its growing list of corporate partners.  David will work to make sure that our partners get what they want through their relationship with the chamber. He will also work to find new corporate partners, which will benefit the Chamber’s growing base of business members, certified and otherwise. David asks that anyone that may have a recommendation on a company that would like to join the NGLCCNY as a partner, please reach out to him!

As always, David is Founder & President of Proximo, an LGBTBE that specializes in data analytics, warehousing, and integration. David can be reached at David@nglccny.org.

Rob Finkelstein, Esq.
Supplier Diversity Chair

Robert F. Finkelstein, Esq. is a partner of Finkelstein Platt LLP where he practices commercial litigation, construction law, employment law, and general business law. The firm’s clients include start-ups to medium and large sized businesses. The firm is also experienced in representing individuals in employment related matters and in contested probate proceedings. Finkelstein Platt LLP has been certified by NGLCC as an LGBTBE since the firm was formed in 2013.

Rob has been a member of NGLCCNY since early 2009 and has served on the Media and Communications Committee where he authored numerous articles for the Chamber’s newsletter, Excelsior!, profiling various corporate partners. He has also served as a guest speaker for Webinar Wednesday and the Supplier Diversity Roundtable.

Rob is very excited to join the Chamber’s Executive Committee as the Chair of Supplier Diversity. The Supplier Diversity Committee is already busy planning a great year of programming, including continuing the Certified Superstar, Supplier Diversity Roundtable, and Webinar Wednesday programs.

Whether you are a corporate partner, LGBTBE, or a prospective LGBTBE, please feel free to contact Rob if you are interested in speaking at or attending any of our programs. Rob can be reached at Rob@nglccny.org.

Brian Pasalich
Financial Services Industry Council Chair

Since a young age, Brian’s passion has been serving others and giving back.  In high school he became an EMT volunteering on the ambulance and with Search & Rescue. After graduation he served as a flight paramedic with the Army Reserve, on two SWAT teams, as a civilian flight paramedic for a trauma center and spent time providing medical care in third-world countries. Post college, Brian had a change of direction and realized that, though medicine was an amazing career, he felt there was something more. 

Growing up in an immigrant family, he understood the importance of having goals, a clear direction and a strong work ethic. This led him to a career as a financial planner with a wealth management firm over a decade ago.  

Early on in his career Brian was promoted into management and has hired, coached and developed hundreds of advisors and built teams committed to helping clients achieve their goals.

Brian is active in LGBT issues, serving as board member for Marriage Equality USA, as well as Financial Services Industry Council Chair for NGLCCNY. 

Brian believes that every individual should have the opportunity to not only live a life of success but one of significance. 

"In my role as Financial Services IC Chair, we will create a collaborative environment where best practices are shared together we are able to provide the best support to members of the LGBT community.  If you are interested or know of someone who could contribute please contact me at Brian@nglccny.org 

Shameek Bose
Social Impact Industry Council

Shameek Bose is a dynamic branding and marketing professional with experience in both the public and private sectors. As the manager of business partnerships at amfAR, (foundation for AIDS research) Shameek was responsible for developing strategic alliances and building public-private partnerships. Shameek worked with clients including Harry Winston, Ferrari, FIJI Water, Microsoft, Delta Air Lines, MAC Cosmetics, and other fortune 500 companies in his efforts to fundraise through partnerships. He developed and introduced new sources of revenue from licensing, celebrity endorsements, and other retail focused endeavors. Previously Shameek worked as a consultant and helped with business development for several organizations in the nonprofit and social enterprise space, including Gay Men’s Health Crisis, The Lesbian Gay, Bi-sexual & Transgender Center, and Endeavor. This work included pitching, winning and designing co-branded multi-city marketing campaigns with companies including Whole Foods and DreamWorks Theatrical. Shameek started his career as a relationship manager at JP Morgan Asset Management. Shameek holds a Masters in Public administration from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs. Shameek can be reached at Shameek@nglccny.org.

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer on any of our committees or programs should reach out to myself at Derrick@NGLCCNY.org or via our website Staff & Executive Committee and/or Industry Council Chairs.

Thanks for your continued support and we wish you all a prosperous 2015!

Derrick M. Brown
Executive Director
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce NY

January's Non-Profit Spotlight: The National LGBTQ Task Force

The NationalLGBTQ Task Force is the leading progressive social justice organization that works to build power, take action and create change to achieve freedom and justice for LGBTQ people and their families. The Task Force is building a future where everyone is free to be themselves in every aspect of their lives.

Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights.

In 2015, we’re working to change that, by:
  • Passing a federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act: it’s time for ALL Americans to be able to be open about who they are and who they love, no matter where they work or where they live.
  • Ending violence against trans folks: This year alone, 12 trans folks were victims of deadly hate crimes. Trans people continue to be violently attacked and murdered, simply because of who they are. One homicide is too many, and together we can and must do more to stop this violence.
  • Training and mobilizing thousands of leaders who will be a driving force for LGBTQ equality in communities across the country.
Rea Carey, Executive Director
The Task Force also hosts the country’s premier conference on LGBTQ equality—Creating Change. Taking place this year from February 4-8 in Denver, Colorado, we’ll welcome nearly 4,000 folks from across the country to help shape the future of the LGBTQ movement for equality.

Check out all of our work at www.thetaskforce.org!