Displaying considerable staying power, the American Idols Live tour continued its reign over TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings during the week ending Sunday, May 29. With a power score of 4.55, the wildly popular tour has been in control of the rankings for three consecutive weeks.
Following closely behind at No. 2 was Wicked (4.23), with Taylor Swift in at No. 3 (3.14). Miami Heat NBA Finals tickets came in a No. 4 (2.76) this week, with the Heat hosting the Dallas Mavericks in the first game of the series as well as Game 2 and possible Games 6 and 7. Glee Live took No. 5 (2.62), followed by Mavericks home game tickets for the NBA Finals (six, 2.56) including Games 3, 4 and, if necessary, 5. The Book of Mormon finished the week at No. 7 (2.06), with Boston Bruins tickets for the Stanley Cup Finals making it to No. 8 (1.98). The Bruins host the Vancouver Canucks for Games 3 and 4, as well as a possible Game 6 of the series. U2 finished the week at No. 9 (1.78), with Pearl Jam, preparing for its Labor Day holiday PJ20 Weekend in Wisconsin and subsequent Canadian tour, rounding out the list at No. 10 (1.64).
NBA and NHL playoff action took over the Top Sports rankings this week, filling six of the ten slots. At No. 1 were Miami Heat tickets for the NBA Finals (9.85), followed by opponent Dallas Mavericks tickets (two, 9.13), Bruins tickets for the Stanley Cup series (three, 7.08) and Vancouver Canucks tickets for the same (four, 5.66). Other playoff entries this week included Bruins tickets for their NHL Eastern Conference Finals (eight, 2.48) win last week against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a nail-biting 4-3 series, and Mavericks home game tickets for their NBA Western Conference Finals (nine, 2.33) against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a series Dallas won last week 4-1.
Other entries in this week’s sports top ten included the New York Yankees (five, 3.36), followed by their archrivals the Boston Red Sox (six, 3.19). Soccer’s increasing popularity in the U.S. helps sales for Manchester United taking the team to No. 7 (2.93). Man U, the celebrated English Premier League team, is preparing for a summer tour of the U.S., playing against a number of MLS teams with the culmination a much-anticipated match against FC Barcelona in July. USA Mens Soccer made it to No. 10 (1.97) behind their upcoming match with Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA as well as their participation in CONCACAF Gold Cup play against Canada and Guadeloupe this summer.
“American Idols Live” also took top honors in this week’s Top Concert rankings, power scoring an impressive 8.36. Taylor Swift landed at No. 2 (5.76), followed by “Glee Live” (three, 4.80), U2 (four, 3.27) and Pearl Jam (five, 3.02). Prince made it to No. 6 (2.05), Katy Perry No. 7 (2.05), and Josh Groban No. 8 (2.00). Elton John, preparing for a three year Las Vegas run starting in September, came in at No. 9 (1.96), and Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj at No. 10 (1.72).
“The Book of Mormon” led this week’s Broadway rankings, power scoring a 27.89. Not far behind was “Wicked” at No. 2 (21.46), followed by “War Horse” (three, 8.89), “Jersey Boys” (four, 5.44) and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” (five, 4.25), currently in previews and set to re-open June 14. “Lion King” came in a No. 6 (4.01) and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at No. 7 (3.82), with perennial favorite “Phantom of the Opera” at No. 8 (2.79), Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” at No. 9 (2.05) and “Mamma Mia” at No. 10 (1.80).
In Top Theater, “Wicked” took the top spot, power scoring a 25.86, with “The Book of Mormon” in second place (12.61). “Jersey Boys” finished the week at No. 3 (4.98), “Billy Elliot” at No. 4 (4.64), “War Horse” at No. 5 (4.05), and “Les Miserables” at No. 6 (3.84). “Lion King” came in at No. 7 (3.65), followed by the popular “Mary Poppins” at No. 8 (2.42), the “Blue Man Group” at No. 9 (2.15) and “Mamma Mia” at No. 10 (2.09).
Celine Dion once again beat all rivals on the Vegas strip this week, power scoring a monster 79.22. Cirque Du Soleil had four productions in the top ten, with O at No. 2 (6.79), The Beatles: Love at No. 3 (4.49), Ka at No. 5 (1.85) and Mystère at No. 7 (0.56). Tickets for David Copperfield are selling strong, with his show finishing the week at No. 4 (3.70), and ventriloquist/comedian Terry Fator again made the list at No. 6 (0.95). “Lion King” performed well this week, coming in at No. 8 (0.52), with the Blue Man Group at No. 9 (0.50) and list newcomer V – The Ultimate Variety Show at No. 10 (0.48).
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