Yesterday one of the saddest announcements came from a family entertainment giant we have all loved for the last 146 years. In May, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will pack up the tent for good and this treasure will become a distant memory.
Chairman and CEO Kenneth Feld made the announcement on the circus‘ website, saying it was a “difficult business decision.” He wrote, “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.”
What does this mean for variety entertainment? Have we become too technologically advanced to enjoy the classics? Can the circus be saved? SHOULD it be saved?
Nevertheless, catch this gem one final time before it’s too late.