By Stacey Willets
TicketNews.com releases its exclusive weekly Top 10s this morning. Read on for a sneak peek of this week’s hot events.
Optimism abounds in the Overall Top Events rankings. Seven events experience a positive shift, including three that did not make the chart last week: The Golden State Warriors, Josh Groban, and Celine Dion.
The Boston Red Sox regain the number one ranking on the Sports Chart, a position in which they’re getting quite comfortable. They have a good lead in ticket sales, as well as in games over the Yankees, stirring up die-hard fans not only to profess “This is our year,” but also to believe it . . .
Somewhere below the MLB, which takes four of the top five spots, the NBA Playoffs show some presence on the Top Sports chart. Golden State Warriors fans have a lot of faith and even more money, putting the NBA underdogs at the head of the pack in the number four spot. The Phoenix Suns appear at number six, rivals the San Antonio Spurs take number nine, and the Chicago Bulls claim number ten.
While the NBA playoffs have failed to dislodge Major League Baseball from the top of the chart as of yet, they are doing significantly better than the NHL playoffs. Pro hockey disappeared from the rankings with the New York Rangers. The allure of watching a team take home the Stanley Cup is not enough to tempt us back from our warm weather sports. Winter is over. We’ve moved on.
In an impressive show of foresight, fans are already buying tickets for next February’s Daytona 500, which, if nothing else, proves that men can remember an anniversary (the race will be celebrating its 50th).
Just when you finally got “Dancing Queen” out of your head, Mamma Mia! finds its way back on the Top Theatre Chart. The musical reappears in the number seven spot after a three week absence from the rankings. Legally Blonde is up two spots, while Grease and Phantom of the Opera both drop two places.
The Pirate Queen makes an appearance on the Top New York City Theatre chart, suggesting that despite heaps of negative criticism and rumors of an early closing, someone is going to see the show.
Kenny Chesney may still be at the top of the Concerts Chart this week, but it appears as if Josh Groban and Celine Dion have number one within their sight. Josh Groban’s success in the rankings these last few weeks has been determined by weekend on sales, while Celine Dion’s success seems to be fueled by the fact that she is not Bette Midler. Celine’s climb up the Top Concerts Chart coincides with the announcement that the Divine Miss M will replace her in February 2008 after her theatrical show closes. The news leaves fans to scramble for tickets before the songstress exits stage right.
To see this week’s rankings, check out the press release in the Daily Buzz section of TicketNews.com.