In Week 2 of the NFL season, football teams continued to make a strong showing in TicketNews’ Top Events rankings, but it was live performances that took the top spots this week.
With just a few months until Christmas, holiday fan favorites the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) performed well in the week’s rankings, holding No. 2 in Top Events and retaining a No. 1 spot in TicketNews’ Concert rankings for two weeks running. The two touring groups, backed by full orchestras, are gearing up for their fall/winter tours of the U.S. plus Toronto, ON, performing a narrative version of the album “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” in addition to other works. The multimedia extravaganzas that are TSO concerts, complete with lasers, synchronized light shows and pyrotechnics, have made them very popular with fans and also have led to critical acclaim.
Live theater also ranked high this week, with Wicked taking the top spot in the Events rankings and this week’s Top Theater rankings, and The Book of Mormon at number three in Events and dominating the week’s Top Broadway rankings.
The top ranking of four NFL teams to make the Top Events list this week was the San Francisco 49ers at No.7. Despite this enthusiastic fan response, the 49ers squandered a chance this weekend to beat the Dallas Cowboys and make a 2-0 start, instead losing in overtime after blowing a 10 point fourth quarter lead. The 49ers were followed in the rankings by the remaining three teams to finish in the top ten, the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.
Hugh Jackman makes a return to Broadway in late October with the appropriately titled revue, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway. The show, debuting in this week’s Top Broadway rankings at number six and in the Top Theater rankings at number ten, is a reincarnation of “Hugh Jackman in Concert”, which previously played limited engagements in Toronto and San Francisco. The show begins previews on October 25 and opens on November 10 for a ten week run.
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