The top-five concert tours, ranked by average box-office gross per city and includes the average

The top-five concert tours, ranked by average box-office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

v (1) Barbra Streisand: $4,065,743; $263.52

v (2) Madonna: $3,822,331; $172.36

v (3) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: $1,362,627; $93.95

v (4) Justin Bieber: $1,175,746; $74.51

v (5) Dave Matthews Band: $967,758; $73.76

“the taste” (8 p.m., abc): In the premiere of “The Taste,” a cooking competition show, 29 cooks audition for 16 spots by preparing dishes to be rated by celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey.

“Private practice” (10 p.m., abc): Wedded bliss on “Private Practice”? It certainly appears that way as Addison (Kate Walsh) and Jake (Benjamin Bratt) take a walk down the aisle on the series finale of the soapy medical drama.

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Sesame Street Live tickets are on sale


Tickets are now on sale for Sesame Street Live’s “Elmo Makes Music,” which will come to the State Theater from Feb. 28 through March 3 for eight shows.

Show times are 7 p.m. Feb. 28; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 1; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 2; and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 3.

Tickets are $10, 15 and $25 and are on sale at or by calling 216-241-6000. A limited number of $35 Gold Circle seats and $70 Sunny Seats also are available.

On opening night, all seats (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats) are $14. Tickets for the Kids’ Matinee Special are $10 (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats) and are open to school or day-care groups of more than 10 children.

Additional fees and special offers may apply.

Playhouse offers classes for youths


The Youngstown Playhouse Youth Theatre’s winter class session begins Feb. 2 and will run six consecutive Saturdays through March 9. To ensure a spot in a class, call 330-788-8739 before Jan. 30 (some late admissions will be accepted). Here are the classes and instructors:

“Choreography for Musical Theater” (Kayla Boye; grades 7 to 12): Participants will be introduced to the dance styles of three influential choreographers: Agnes DeMille (“Oklahoma,” “Carousel”), Jerome Robbins (“West Side Story”), and Bob Fosse (“Sweet Charity”). Noon to 1:30 p.m.; $65.

“Scene Study I” (Dylan White; grades 7 to 12): Participants will learn the basics of selecting and preparing a scene, including blocking, character interpretation and some auditioning techniques. Noon to 1:30 p.m.; $65.

“What a Character!” (Bernie Appugliese; grades 4 to 6): Young people new to theater will be introduced to the basics of creative dramatics through creative writing. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; $55.

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