Theater productions dominated TicketNews’ exclusive events rankings for the week ending Sunday, October 2, with two blockbuster Broadway musicals clinching the top two slots.
For the sixth week in a row, “Wicked” held on to the top spot in the events rankings, also grabbing No. 1 on the week’s Top Theater list, which includes regional and touring productions. Its main competition in the rankings, the hit musical “The Book of Mormon”, followed in second place overall and grabbed the No. 1 spot in the Broadway-specific rankings. The long-running production of “Lion King”, likely benefiting from the current re-release of the original film in 3D, also ranked high this week at No. 7.
Week 4 of NFL season saw a surprising absence of football teams in the Top Events rankings. The Dallas Cowboys were highest ranking of two teams to make the list this week, finishing at No. 4 overall, sold well enough on the secondary market to take No. 1 in TicketNews’ Top Sports ranking this week. The 2-2 Cowboys are reeling from this weekend’s 34-30 loss to the Detroit Lions in large part due to QB Tony Romo falling apart in the fourth quarter.
Sting takes his Back to Bass tour, in which he performs with a five-piece backup band, across the U.S. and to some Canadian cities this fall. Strong sales for the songwriter and musician took the tour to No. 2 in this week’s Top Concert rankings, with high ticket demand likely contributing to his decision to add a number of extra dates to already scheduled cities just last week. Also embarking on a fall tour of the states, Seger starts the second leg of his 2011 tour this November at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI, wrapping it up in December at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
A standard on the list at this time of year, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) showed staying power this week, finishing at No. 8 overall. TSO runs two tours simultaneously each holiday season, performing pieces from the band’s popular Christmas-themed albums and other songs.
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