It's not enough to simply say that One Direction won out the weekend. Instead, it's more accurate to say that tickets for the band's upcoming "Where We Are" Tour completely dominated the weekend. Over 1/3 of all tickets sold at TicketNetwork.com on Saturday and Sunday were for the band's events*. And I'm not just talking about 1/3 of concert ticket sales here, but 1/3 of all ticket sales, including concerts, sports, and theater events.
There are also some interesting stats when we dig deeper. First, one might expect the venue that did the best is the one with multiple shows, which is not an unreasonable assumption as it happens often enough, and there are a number of cities on this tour with two-day stops. But that's not what happened this weekend for One Direction. Rather, the top-selling venue was one with only a single show: the August 13 concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Closely following up in second place was Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, which has two shows on August 7 and 8. Here are the top five:
Update 8/13/13: This review originally incorrectly identified the actors in the roles discussed below. The article has been updated. Thanks to the commenters who pointed out the mistake.
About a week and a half ago I was in Philadelphia for my cousin's wedding, and spent the following day doing some sightseeing. It was raining the entire day, so me and the group I was with decided that we should go see a show at night. It so happened that Wicked was playing across the street at the famous Academy of Music, so we bought some tickets.
I wasn't there specifically to review the show, of course, but I committed as much of it as possible to memory, and then wrote the first draft of what's below the next day as I traveled to Williamsburg, VA.
Warning: This review contains major spoilers for the show, so if you haven't seen it and don't wish to know anything about it, turn back now!