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Fans thankful to see ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ one final time

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Lions, tigers and clowns, no more. Oh my. It’s curtains for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This weekend is the final chance for fans to see death-defying acrobats, exotic animals and flashy costumes as the circus ends its 146-year reign as one of the world’s biggest big tops. Ringling’s parent company, Feld Entertainment, announced in January that it would take its final bow this year. On Saturday afternoon, under cloudy skies, fans streamed into the Nassau Coliseum…

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The last days of the Ringling Bros. circus

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An elephant stretches its trunk through a window to soothe a sick child. A woman gives birth and three months later is back performing on the high wire. A handler of big cats weeps as the beasts lope out of the ring for the last time. These stories could come only from circus performers, and in particular one famous circus, the one immortalized as “The Greatest Show on Earth”: the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which is hanging…

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Marvel Universe LIVE!: Superheroes save the day in new show

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There’s a moment at the outset of the new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes show when Spider-Man enters from backstage and zigzags around the theater. It still takes the director’s breath away, conveying Spider-Man’s superpower strength. “It’s an incredible entrance for Spider-Man, similar to the film. The guy who plays Spider-Man says it’s one of the scariest things he’s ever done and one of the most fun things he’s ever done,” said James Hadley, now preparing for the July…

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Ringling Bros. Circus performs last Orlando show

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They stood 10 deep in lines to buy tickets to witness the end of an era at the last Orlando performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Many said they changed their plans on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and headed to the Amway Center after hearing that the circus was ending its 146-year run. Ringling’s demise was blamed on declining ticket sales, high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal…

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Love it or hate it, people have opinions on the circus

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Reaction to news that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was closing after 146 years – from saddened celebrities to elated animal rights advocates – flew as fast as a flying trapeze. Feld Entertainment, owner of the iconic circus, broke the news to circus employees Saturday night that the show would close permanently in May. The reasons cited for the closure were falling ticket sales, high operating costs, changing public tastes in entertainment – and prolonged battles with…

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Nowhere left to run away to: The final days of the circus

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Goodbye to death-defying feats — daring young men (and women) on the flying trapeze, whip-wielding lion tamers, human cannonballs. Goodbye to the scent of peanuts and popcorn, the thrill of three rings, the jaunty bum-bum-dadadada of circus music. Send out the clowns. The Big Top is coming down — for good. On Saturday, officials of the company that owns the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it will close in May, ending a 146-year run that dates…

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Ringling Bros Circus to end its 146-year run

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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding up its tent, ending nearly a century and a half of performing the Greatest Show on Earth. A combination of declining attendance, increasing operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups caused the downfall of the American icon. Circus employees were told Saturday night after shows in Orlando and Miami. “After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business…

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