SOURCE: TicketNews.com

May 01, 2007 10:00 ET

Josh Groban Steals the Show

VERNON, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 -- TicketNews announces its exclusive weekly Top 10s and analysis for the week of 4/23/07 - 4/29/07.

OVERALL TOP 10 EVENTS

Event                   This Week       Last Week

Wicked                      1               1
Boston Red Sox              2               2
Oscar De La Hoya            3               5
New York Yankees            4               4
Josh Groban                 5              n/a
Kenny Chesney               6               3
The Police                  7               6
Jersey Boys                 8               9
Dave Matthews Band          9               8
Chicago Cubs               10              10

Josh Groban is the big mover this week, eclipsing other events by debuting on the Top Events chart in the number five position and the Top Concerts chart in the number one position.

Oscar De La Hoya climbs two more spots, from number five to number three, as fight night approaches.

Kenny Chesney drops three positions, from number three to number six, and Rush disappears from the Top Events chart altogether.

TOP 10 SPORTS EVENTS

Event                           This Week       Last Week

Boston Red Sox                      1               1
Oscar De La Hoya                    2               3
New York Yankees                    3               2
Chicago Cubs                        4               4
NHL Playoffs: New York Rangers      5               9
St. Louis Cardinals                 6              n/a
NBA Playoffs: Denver Nuggets        7              n/a
WWE                                 8               7
Kentucky Derby                      9              n/a
New York Mets                      10              10

Major league baseball continues to show a strong presence on the Top Sports chart, claiming half of the top ten spots. The Boston Red Sox hold on to the number one spot for the fourth straight week. The New York Yankees appear at number three, the Chicago Cubs at number four, the St. Louis Cardinals at number six, and the New York Mets at number ten.

MLB does leave some room for next week's hot sports events, however. The NHL and NBA playoffs continue, with the New York Rangers taking the number five spot and the Denver Nuggets claiming number seven. The De La Hoya vs. Mayweather fight, number two this week, is coming up on May 5, as is the ninth ranked Kentucky Derby.

TOP 10 THEATRE EVENTS

Event                   This Week       Last Week

Wicked                      1               1
Jersey Boys                 2               2
Mary Poppins                3               4
Lion King                   4               3
The Color Purple            5               5
Grease                      6               6
Monty Python's Spamalot     7               9
Cirque Du Soleil: "O"       8               8
Legally Blonde              9              n/a
Cirque Du Soleil:          10               7
   The Beatles: LOVE


TOP 10 NEW YORK CITY THEATRE EVENTS

Event                   This Week       Last Week

Wicked                      1               1
Jersey Boys                 2               2
Mary Poppins                3               3
Lion King                   4               4
Grease                      5               5
Legally Blonde              6              n/a
Monty Python's Spamalot     7               9
The Color Purple            8               6
Phantom of the Opera        9              10
A Chorus Line              10              n/a

With critics comparing "Legally Blonde" to "Wicked" and speculating about its destiny as the next big Broadway hit, the perky pink musical takes the number six spot this week.

TOP 10 CONCERT EVENTS

Event                   This Week       Last Week

Josh Groban                 1              n/a
Kenny Chesney               2               1
The Police                  3               2
Dave Matthews Band          4               4
Tool                        5               8
Soul2Soul: Tim McGraw &     6               5
   Faith Hill
Gwen Stefani                7               7
Jimmy Buffett               8               6
Rush                        9               3
Céline Dion                10               9

Josh Groban has come a long way from his 2001 appearance on "Ally McBeal," all the way to the top of the concert chart. Recent performances on "Dancing with the Stars" and "American Idol" were well-timed to prepare devoted fans for this weekend's on sales. Groban rockets from the outskirts of oblivion to number one after tickets for the second leg of his U.S. and Canada tour were made available to the public on Saturday.

The rush for Rush tickets appears to be winding down as the band plummets from the number three position to number nine.

TOP 10 LAS VEGAS SHOWS

Event                   This Week       Last Week

Céline Dion: A New Day      1               1
Cirque Du Soleil: "O"       2               3
Cirque Du Soleil:           3               2
   The Beatles: LOVE
Cirque Du Soleil: Mystère   4              n/a
Elton John: The Red Piano   5               4
Fab Four                    6               8
Blue Man Group              7              n/a
Monty Python's Spamalot     8               6
Mamma Mia!                  9              n/a
Toni Braxton: Revealed     10               5

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