Broadway regains its strong hold on TicketNews’ Top Events Rankings, with shows in all three of the top positions led by “The Book of...

Broadway regains its strong hold on TicketNews’ Top Events Rankings, with shows in all three of the top positions led by “The Book of Mormon.”

Making a considerable jump this week was “The Lion King,” moving from the No. 7 position up to the No. 2 spot. “The Lion King,” a story that is fun for the whole family, has continued its reign as the top grossing show on Broadway.

With children on break from school and looking for some fun, “The Lion King” has proved to be a great summer escape for families. They have joined over 50 million others who have experienced the Tony Award winner for best musical. The show stars Adam Jacobs as Simba who has also starred in the Broadway hits “Les Miserables” and “Mamma Mia!.” He is joined by Alton Fitzgerald White who plays Mufasa as well as many other illustrious actors. Featuring music by acclaimed musician Elton John, including his Golden Globe and Academy Award winning Best Original Song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” right now this show has it all.

The Who have jumped into our Top Events rankings with their announcement of a North American Tour highlighted by their entire sixth studio double album, “Quadrophenia” which dropped in 1973. This iconic album topped out at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard album chart and helped shape rock music as we know it today and this tour has classic Who fans everywhere excited.

This week also saw two significant slides from top musicians. Jay-Z went from the No. 1 position last week to falling completely off the rankings list. The rapper announced five additional shows to help open the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. All eight shows have since sold out and are only available through the secondary market.

Madonna is also on the verge of falling off the rankings list, dropping 5 spots on to the No. 20 position. The slip may be due to, believe it or not, her on stage antics. Over the top stage behavior — what helped propel her to stardom — may be hurting rather than helping her these days. Despite warnings from Scottish authorities due to strict gun laws and tragic shooting that occurred in Aurora, CO, Madonna took to the stage in Edinburgh brandishing fake machine guns and pistols. She has brought forth quite a bit of backlash, even causing the group Mothers Against Guns to take a stand against her saying, “[She] should know better,” according to the Daily Record. The MDNA tour kicks off its North American leg on August 28 in Philadelphia, PA.

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Top Combined Events

Week Ending 7/22/2012

     EventScore
1 The Book Of Mormon Tickets3.65
2 The Lion King Tickets2.41
3 Wicked Tickets2.34
4 One Direction – 2013 Tour Tickets2.10
5 Jason Aldean & Luke Bryan Tickets1.98
6 New York Yankees Tickets1.92
7 Justin Bieber Tickets1.57
8 Jason Aldean Tickets1.50
9 Les Miserables Tickets1.50
10 Jersey Boys Tickets1.34

Top Concert Events

Week Ending 7/22/2012

     EventScore
1 One Direction – 2013 Tour Tickets4.19
2 Jason Aldean & Luke Bryan Tickets3.94
3 Justin Bieber Tickets3.13
4 Jason Aldean Tickets3.00
5 Brothers Of The Sun Tour: Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw Tickets2.66
6 Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez Tickets2.45
7 Zac Brown Band Tickets2.33
8 The Who Tickets2.18
9 Vicente Fernandez Tickets2.04
10 The Tour: KISS & Motley Crue Tickets1.98

Top Sports Events

Week Ending 7/22/2012

     EventScore
1 New York Yankees Tickets6.96
2 Exhibition: Chelsea FC Tickets4.24
3 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Tickets3.46
4 Detroit Tigers Tickets2.70
5 Boston Red Sox Tickets2.66
6 Texas Rangers Tickets2.61
7 Exhibition: AC Milan Tickets2.35
8 San Francisco Giants Tickets2.33
9 New England Patriots Tickets2.24
10 Chicago Cubs Tickets1.76
   

Top Theater Events

Week Ending 7/22/2012

     EventScore
1 The Book Of Mormon Tickets18.22
2 Wicked Tickets11.47
3 The Lion King Tickets11.34
4 Les Miserables Tickets7.28
5 Jersey Boys Tickets6.53
6 Cirque du Soleil – Dralion Tickets5.46
7 Cirque du Soleil – Zarkana Tickets3.22
8 War Horse Tickets3.12
9 Cirque du Soleil – Michael Jackson The Immortal Tickets2.91
10 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets1.44

Top Broadway Events

Week Ending 7/22/2012

     EventScore
1 The Book Of Mormon Tickets36.90
2 Wicked Tickets10.60
3 Cirque du Soleil – Zarkana Tickets8.89
4 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Tickets3.97
5 The Lion King Tickets3.95
6 Newsies – The Musical Tickets3.93
7 Jersey Boys Tickets2.49
8 Rock Of Ages Tickets2.35
9 Phantom of the Opera Tickets2.31
10 Once Tickets2.16

Top Vegas Events

Week Ending 7/22/2012

     EventScore
1 Celine Dion Tickets69.53
2 Santana Tickets6.58
3 Cirque du Soleil – The Beatles: Love Tickets5.77
4 David Copperfield Tickets3.30
5 Cirque du Soleil – Viva Elvis Tickets3.01
6 Le Reve Tickets2.91
7 Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular Tickets2.65
8 Penn & Teller Tickets1.47
9 Jersey Boys Tickets1.44
10 Blue Man Group Tickets1.35