CHICAGO, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadway smash hit Wicked blew away the
competition as the top theater attraction in 2005, according to statistics
compiled by leading online premium tickets marketplace TicketsNow.
Now embarking on a nationwide tour of major cities, Wicked accounted for
27.9 percent of all Broadway tickets sold on TicketsNow.com, which is the
burgeoning industry's largest and most secure marketplace.
finished first in statistics including all entertainment events (theater,
sports, and concerts), with a 4.4 percent share.
Monty Python's Spamalot finished second in the theater ranking at 13.7
percent with The Lion King third at 9.5 percent.
Because TicketsNow is the largest single secondary market source of
tickets to all entertainment events (listing some 2 million tickets on its
site in any given day), the statistics provide a unique barometer on the
comparative popularity of entertainment attractions.
Top Year-End Theater Ticket Sales / % of Theater
1 Wicked 27.9%
2 Monty Python's Spamalot 13.9%
3 The Lion King 9.5%
4 Phantom of the Opera 4.1%
5 The Odd Couple 3.6%
Mario Lemieux today announced his retirement as a player, bringing an end to a spectacular career that already has landed him in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Lemieux finishes his career with 690 goals and 1,033 assists for 1,723 points in 915 games over 17 seasons - all with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He led the Penguins to two Stanley Cups and also won six NHL scoring titles, three MVP awards and two Conn Smythe Trophies as MVP of the playoffs. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.
Lemieux, 40, played 26 games with the Penguins this season, scoring seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points. He played for the last time on December 16 vs. Buffalo at Mellon Arena, recording one assist.
"The time is right because I can no longer play the game at the level I'm accustomed to," Lemieux said in making the announcement. "I think the best decision is to retire as a player and turn the game over to the younger guys who are the future of this team and this league. It's a young man's game now.
"I have so many great memories, especially the Stanley Cups, and I want to thank the fans in Pittsburgh - and hockey fans everywhere - for the support they've given to me and my family over the years. It's been an unbelievable ride. And I really do believe this team has a great future here in Pittsburgh. I'm looking forward to watching these young players grow and develop into a championship team." More>>>
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