In the Hot Seat: TPAC Gala Co-Chairs

Tennessee Performing Arts Center is taking center stage at the upcoming TPAC Gala. The black-tie fundraiser will be held on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. and is being chaired by Gary Bynum and Lisa and David Minnigan. We chatted with David to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the annual arts event, which finds its inspiration this year in one of the biggest shows to ever hit Broadway. Keep reading to find out this year's theme, what guests can expect and — most importantly — how you should dress. For tickets and additional information about the TPAC Gala, visit

The theme for the TPAC Gala is always based on a Broadway show in TPAC’s upcoming season. How did you choose this year’s theme?

This year was pretty easy, because Hamilton was in the lineup of Broadway shows. It will run for three weeks, starting December 31, 2019.


What can you tell us about the gala itself? What can guests expect?

TPAC Gala is always such a fun event, and this year should be no exception. The cocktail time will be a great opportunity for social engagement while being entertained at the same time.


The gala’s attire is always guided by the theme. How would you encourage guests to dress for a Hamilton-themed gala?

While technically a black-tie affair, themed attire is always encouraged for those that feel so inclined. So, period dress, reflecting the time period of Hamilton would be very appropriate. While not donning a powdered wig, I’ll be in my best Revolutionary War time-period attire.


Any surprises in store for the TPAC Gala that you can tease?

A few numbers from Hamilton [will be] performed by an original cast member from the Chicago cast and Young Hearts [will be] performing at the Late Party.


What’s your favorite thing about TPAC?

While TPAC provides us with some amazing shows, and productions of all types, it also provides educational support to our state’s schools — teachers and students — and the community. The ways TPAC does this is critical to our educational system, and TPAC Gala raises critical resources for that work. I want my grandchildren to have the opportunity to see and to learn about the importance of the arts in all our lives. Moreover, I believe that the arts are a part of our healthcare system — Music heals, and the arts transform. Of this, I am convinced.