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November 30, 2006 17:48 ET

StubHub FanStats(SM) -- StubHub Reveals Hottest Theater Tickets for Holidays

Ticket Marketplace Identifies the Season's Hottest Show Tickets With Two Unique Lists

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 30, 2006 --As the clock winds down on 2006, the holiday season brings out the finest theater shows across the country. With so many great performances taking place, theater ticket sales are flourishing on StubHub, the fans' ticket marketplace, as live-event goers seek the perfect holiday experience or gift. Today, StubHub is pleased to show the hottest seasonal theater tickets by compiling sales data into two unique lists: America's Top 10 Theater Tickets and America's 10 Most Theatrical Cities.

America's Top 10 Theater Tickets list ranks the highest grossing theater shows purchased for events this holiday season from Nov. 20th thru Dec. 31. StubHub has included the average ticket selling price for each show ranked in the Top 10. National tours Wicked and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular rank a close one and two, respectively, and are sure to continue to be wildly popular throughout the holidays. The top five are rounded out in order by quadruple Tony Award-winner Jersey Boys, family-favorite Mary Poppins and the Lion King.

StubHub has also located the most theater-centric cities across the nation, compiling America's 10 Most Theatrical Cities. These cities have shown their appreciation for theater arts and are ranked based on total gross sales for all theater tickets purchased since Nov. 20th for events thru Dec. 31. Within each city on the list, StubHub has identified its most sought-after theater show. New York, the epicenter of theater, and Chicago finished one and two respectively, and Wicked, the untold tale of the Witches of Oz, ranks as the best-seller in both cities.

  America’s Top 10 Theater Tickets

  Show                                    Average Ticket Selling Price
  ----                                    ----------------------------
1.  Wicked                                $ 180
2.  Radio City Christmas Spectacular      $ 141
3.  Jersey Boys                           $ 241
4.  Mary Poppins                          $ 174
5.  Lion King                             $ 157
6.  Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole
     Christmas                            $ 206
7.  Monty Pythons Spamalot                $ 165
8.  Mamma Mia                             $ 187
9.  Tarzan                                $  93
10. The Color Purple                      $ 132

  America’s 10 Most Theatrical Cities

 City/Region                              Top Show
 -----------                              --------
1.  New York                              Wicked
2.  Chicago                               Wicked
3.  Los Angeles                           Lion King
4.  San Francisco Bay Area                Jersey Boys
5.  Houston                               Radio City Christmas Spectacular
6.  Boston                                Radio City Christmas Spectacular
7.  Philadelphia                          The Phantom of the Opera
8.  Las Vegas                             Cirque du Soleil - Love
9.  Washington, DC                        A Christmas Carol
10. Orlando                               Lion King

*Data based on sales data through StubHub.com as of 11/29.
The latest show news and information about theater ticket sales can be found at StubHub's Broadway blog (http://broadway.stubhub.com/) and the company's Wicked blog (http://wicked.stubhub.com/). Additional data can also be found on Theater Tickets at StubHub (www.stubhub.com/theater-tickets/).

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