By Stacey Willets
TicketNews announces its exclusive weekly Top 10s and analysis for the week of 12/17/07 – 12/23/07.
OVERALL TOP 10 EVENTS Event This Week Last Week Wicked 1 1 Jersey Boys 2 3 Hannah Montana 3 2 Radio City Christmas Spectacular 4 4 Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood 5 5 Bon Jovi 6 8 Céline Dion 7 n/a BCS Championship Game 8 10 Boston Celtics 9 n/a Bruce Springsteen 10 7
Céline Dion may be done in Vegas, but she’s far from finished. Advance ticket sales for her Taking Chances World Tour, which begins in May 2008, put the Canadian singer on the Top Events chart at number seven.
It’s a big year for Boston. The Red Sox are again World Series Champions, the nearby New England Patriots are one game shy of a perfect regular season (and are expected by many to take it all this year), and the Boston Celtics are back with a vengeance. The 22 – 3 Celtics earn a spot at number nine in the Top Events rankings this week.
TOP 10 SPORTS EVENTS Event This Week Last Week BCS Championship Game 1 1 Boston Celtics 2 2 Green Bay Packers 3 n/a Los Angeles Lakers 4 8 New York Knicks 5 3 New York Rangers 6 4 Dallas Cowboys 7 n/a Minnesota Wild 8 n/a Carolina Panthers 9 n/a Daytona 500 10 6
The Green Bay Packers experience a good week in the rankings, but a disappointing weekend on the field. Their crushing 35 – 7 loss to the Chicago Bears eliminates their chance for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Because of the Packers’ defeat, the Dallas Cowboys take the NFC’s top seed. They also take number seven on the Top Sports chart.
The Carolina Panthers, who hosted Dallas this weekend, appear at number nine.
TOP 10 THEATRE EVENTS Event This Week Last Week Wicked 1 1 Jersey Boys 2 2 Radio City Christmas Spectacular 3 3 Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk 4 5 Lion King 5 4 Disney on Ice: High School Musical 6 6 Young Frankenstein 7 9 Blue Man Group 8 7 Monty Python's Spamalot 9 8 Phantom of the Opera 10 n/a
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera returns to the chart at number ten as the theatre world buzzes with news about the musical’s upcoming sequel. The Phantom of Manhattan, long rumored to be in the works, is expected to launch on Broadway in 2009.
TOP 10 NEW YORK CITY THEATRE EVENTS Event This Week Last Week Wicked 1 1 Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2 2 Jersey Boys 3 3 Cirque du Soleil: Wintuk 4 4 Young Frankenstein 5 6 Lion King 6 5 The Little Mermaid 7 7 Mary Poppins 8 8 Grease 9 9 Monty Python's Spamalot 10 10
Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Wintuk hold firm to their spots at two and four, respectively, as their runs wind down.
TOP 10 CONCERT EVENTS Event This Week Last Week Hannah Montana 1 1 Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood 2 2 Bon Jovi 3 5 Céline Dion 4 7 Bruce Springsteen 5 4 George Strait 6 3 Van Halen 7 6 Trans-Siberian Orchestra 8 8 Chris Brown & Bow Wow 9 10 Michael Bublé 10 9
TOP 10 LAS VEGAS SHOWS Event This Week Last Week Bette Midler 1 2 Cirque du Soleil: "O" 2 3 Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles: LOVE 3 5 Elton John: The Red Piano 4 4 Barry Manilow: Music and Passion 5 n/a Blue Man Group 6 9 Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular 7 6 David Copperfield 8 n/a Penn & Teller 9 n/a V - The Ultimate Variety Show 10 n/a
Though she doesn’t take the stage until February, Bette Midler steps up to take Céline’s place, filling Dion’s former spot on the chart at number one.
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