Sunday October 23rd 2016

Here it comes- “The Greatest Show On Earth”

JLI   PauloAs the leaves begin to turn and the Halloween stores pop up all over, we start to think “Holiday Season”- It won’t be long before “Turkey Day” arrives followed by the Christmas holidays. Into the mix, here in Chicago, is the coming of the Circus. Not just any circus, but Ringling Bros.
 and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS, an all-new
 edition that unites iconic circus stars with living
 mythological creatures in a celebration of the LEGENDS that
 have captured imaginations for centuries, is slated to
 appear Nov. 6-16 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.,
 and Nov. 19-30 at Chicago’s United Center. Ringmaster
 Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker
 on his quest to discover real, living legends from around
 the world and presents Paulo’s fantastic discoveries to
 circus fans everywhere. “Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
 Bailey is where legends live, and we constantly ask our
 audiences to believe in the unbelievable.  For this edition
 we’ve combined a number of mythical themes and stories
 into a lavish production of
 sight and sound unlike any show we have ever
 created,” says Producer Nicole Feld.

 Mythology meets reality as Paulo
 encounters the wondrous Pegasus and the amazing Unicorn, as
 well as circus legends such as big cat presenter Alexander
 Lacey; the Riders of the Wind Cossack horsemen; and
 motorcycle daredevils, the Torres Family.  They all
 come together along with a cast spanning 25 countries in a
 spectacular production.
 Experience magnificent Asian elephants, a
 twenty-acrobat troupe perched atop only a pair of bicycles,
 and a never-before-seen double-wide, high-flying trapeze
 act. “A
 legend is something so magical and larger than life that
 once you see it, you never forget it.  The talent in this
 show is unprecedented and embodies the name LEGENDS,” says
 Producer Alana Feld.  “My sister and I were speechless
 when we saw these acts the first time.  We searched the
 world for the best of the best and put them together in an
 unforgettable show.” 

 The extraordinary talent that can only be seen
 at Ringling
 Bros. Presents LEGENDS includes:

 ·      Hailing from
 Great Britain, Alexander Lacey’s special bond with
 lions, tigers and a majestic leopard allow him to present a legendary mixed
 cat display that has garnered him awards from the renowned
 International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo and The Festival International
 du Cirque de Massy (France). With
 each performance, Lacey demonstrates his lifetime dedication
 to training and caring for these beautiful animals as he
 showcases their natural agility, strength and the
 unconditional respect and cooperation they share.Clown

 The Riders of the Wind
 thunder into the arena on the backs of thoroughbred horses
 and are the protectors of the mythological Pegasus and
 Unicorn.  These speeding daredevil Cossack riders display
 their strength and amazing dexterity as they perform
 intricate maneuvers, including a remarkable five-man high
 pyramid, while galloping at more than 25 miles per hour in
 a 46-foot-diameter,

specially-designed ring.From Paraguay, the
 fearless Torres Family shatters records and dares to achieve
 the impossible by putting eight family members, including
 one female rider, on speeding motorcycles inside the Globe
 of Steel. Once locked inside the 16-foot globe, they will
 orbit at an unprecedented 65 miles per hour with only six
 inches to spare between each rider, avoiding collision by
 relying on their rigorous accuracy and confidence in each
 other.An elite super-group of
 high-flying trapeze artists from the U.S., Brazil, Venezuela
 and Mexico, The Solar Hawkspresent a
 never-before-seen double-wide flying trapeze act
 designed specifically for The Greatest Show On
 Earth. This dream team exhibits precision, stamina,
 strength and perfect form while attempting four consecutive
 triple somersaults with only seconds between each
 release.The Chinese National
 Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing impresses audiences with a
 number of diverse acts that include fast-paced hoop diving
 through astonishingly tall and impossibly narrow hoops, an
 elegant rolling ballet on bicycles where acrobats perform
 feats and build an incredible pyramid and breathtaking pole
 climbers executing flips and twists accompanied by
 traditional, dancing Chinese lions.Also hailing from China,
 the Jade Statues come to life in a graceful display
 combining elegant choreography, precise timing and
 coordination with jaw-dropping diablo juggling skills. The
 spinning diablos dance in the air like synchronized
 fountains and are caught by these masterful artists in a
 unique and memorable performance.A heartwarming
 presentation of showmanship with an animal menagerie ranging
 from ten to 10,000 pounds can only be found at Ringling
 Bros. Presents LEGENDS. Treasured Ringling
 Bros. Asian Elephants, from the largest herd in North
 America, are presented in an incredible spectacle that cannot be seen anywhere but
 at Ringling Bros.Other legendary animals from almost
 every continent include North American rescue dogs, donkeys
 from Europe, pigs from Asia, llamas from South America,
 kangaroos from Australia and a special
 surprise…Woolly the Mammoth.Under the baton of bandleader Wages Argott, the
 dynamic, nine-piece Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
 Bailey® Bandperforms an original score of over 200
 pieces of music arranged by award-winning Hollywood and
 Broadway composers.An hour

 before show time, families can come to the arena floor and
 participate in interactive, up-close circus experiences,
 theAll-Access Pre-show and the brand new Ringmaster

 Free to all ticketholders, the All Access
 Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and
 balancing skills, meet the performers of The Greatest
 Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to
 win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting. 

 For the ultimate circus fan experience, the producers
 have created a new, exclusive, intimate experience: the
 Ringmaster Zone. A combined value with the best seats in the
 house, the Ringmaster Zone offers families an unprecedented
 look behind the curtain of The Greatest Show On
 Earth. Fans have the
 opportunity to walk on the Ringling Red Carpet with
 Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and the stars of the show,
 step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the
 ringmaster’s float and have an up-close elephant
 Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
 Bailey Presents LEGENDS provides
 hours of thrilling entertainment that is fun for the whole
 family for about the price of a movie ticket. A great value
 in family entertainment, Ringling Bros. is
 Ticketmaster’s number one most purchased family event.
 Tickets, starting at $15, are available through Ticketmaster
 and the Allstate Arena and United Center box offices, by
 calling 1-800-745-3000, or
 visiting Additionally, parking is FREE with
 ticket purchase in all official Allstate Arena and United
 Center parking lots. Service charges, facility and handling
 fees may apply. For general show information, call the
 Allstate Arena at (847) 635-6601, or
 the United Center at (312)

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