After almost 150 years, the Greatest Show on Earth is closing its doors.
Official website and announcement: https://www.ringling.com/
After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will hold its final performances in May of this year. Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.
Personally, I’m planning to make the pilgrimage to Rhode Island for the final show, if I can get tickets. As an entertainer, and someone who’s toured and worked in technical theatre, Ringling Brothers has had a distinct, albeit indirect, effect on my life.