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“And The Winner Is” – Complete 2019 Tony Award Winners

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Last night was the Biggest Night on Broadway as the annual Tony Awards were given out for outstanding achievements in the theater. The show was hosted by James Corden and I’ve culled together all of the winners for your viewing pleasure. Sadly I missed the broadcast and will be watching it today from the DVR. Last night I was at the “Dio Returns” Hologram show for my PiercingMetal site and will be serving up a review over there ASAP. Let’s get to the list.

Best Musical:
Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations
Beetlejuice
WINNER – Hadestown
The Prom
Tootsie

Best Play:
Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney
WINNER – The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Taylor Mac
Ink by James Graham
What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck

Best Revival of a Musical:
Kiss Me, Kate
WINNER – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
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Goodnight To “Tardar Sauce” aka “Grumpy Cat” (2012-2019)

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Hello my friends, its with great sadness that I share the news about the recent passing of the beloved feline Internet sensation “Grumpy Cat”. Her real name was Tardar Sauce and the tweet from her loving family can be found below.

I loved everything about Grumpy Cat and thought all of the plush items and other signature things I would see at Toy Fair were terrific and made the world smile just a little bit more than normal. I even got to meet her at the 2014 Toy Fair which you can see in this photo below that was shot by our friend Skeleton Pete Parrella. As she was sleeping mostly and content we were not permitted to pet her or disturb her. This was at the Gund booth who had a nice line of plush creations with her stern visage on them. They were adorable but this would be the only time that I would get to see her in person.

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On behalf of “The Chronicles” Of Piercing Ken, we wish the family the deepest of condolences during this hard time. As a cat owner who has gone through this a number of times already I know just how heartbreaking it can be. Rest in Peace Grumpy Cat, and thank you for bringing the world a little closer together with your adventures. You’ll be missed for sure.

Official Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumpy_Cat
Official Website: https://www.grumpycats.com/shop

Bryant Park Movie Nights 2019 Screenings Revealed

Here at the Media Command HQ we just love the movies. Love, love, love the movies and with so many superhero and action flicks being released I’ve spent quite a few afternoons enjoying a matinee. With “Godzilla King Of The Monsters”, “Dark Phoenix” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” being released soon, I will have a lot to address on that end. Every year, the folks at Bryant Park open up their lawn and set up the big screen for a bunch of free movie screenings. Check out the rundown for this summer down below.

The Press Release:
Bring a blanket and sit on the Lawn to enjoy great food, friends, and a feature film. Lawn opens 5pm and film begins at sunset. Movie Nights are presented by Netflix with support from Chandon and Vulture. Enjoy the show! Food items for sale curated by Hester Street Fair on the Fountain Terrace.

Summer 2019 Movie Line-up:

June 10: “Big” – Starring Tom Hanks and directed by Penny Marshall

June 17: “Big Daddy” – Starring Adam Sandler and directed by Dennis Dugan

June 24: Fan Choice: Vote on Twitter @vulture starting June 3
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Madonna Announces “Madame X” North American Tour Dates

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Considering the era in which I attended college (late eighties to early nineties), there was no escaping the music of Madonna if you were seeking to do so. Now at the time I was a tried and true Heavy Metal musician but had to admit that I enjoyed a number of songs that the singer offered up and it was without question that she possessed immeasurable talent. Now, some thirty years after I first heard her songs, she is embarking on her “Madame X” tour and this one will hit more intimate theater spaces. Check out the press release below and the run of North American dates.

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The Press Release:
Beginning September 12th at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York, Madonna will perform multiples nights each in a handful of cities, including the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, the Wiltern in Los Angeles, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, the Met Philadelphia and the Jackie Gleason Theatre at the Fillmore Miami Beach. So far, only the dates for New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have been confirmed.
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BRIC Reveals “Celebrate Brooklyn Festival” 2019 Performers

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Here at The Chronicles of Piercing Ken, we just love the live music scene of our metropolis and mind you this is primarily because of all the activity that I have going on over on the PiercingMetal.com website. With that being said, there are also numerous wonderful events and summer concert series that happen in places like Prospect Park and this post is to share the artist roster for the 2019 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Free Concerts – Take a look at them all down below.

Tuesday, June 4 at 8pm
BET Opening Night Concert
Patti LaBelle

Saturday, June 8 at 7pm
American Exress Women in Music Series
Ibeyi | Sudan Archives | Orion Sun

Saturday, June 15 at 3pm
Family Concert
Rich Medina | Shareef Keyes and The Groove
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