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The Greatest Show on Earth

Alana Feld Launches Ringling Bros. Into A Bold New Era

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 07.13.2016 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"Nothing is comparable to the experience that is Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®," says producer, Alana Feld. For the third- generation executive...

The Show Will Go On

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.12.2016 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

We know change is the only constant in life, and yet we are always rattled to some degree when it arrives. Ease and familiarity is what we crave most,...

Peggy Williams Keeps 'Em Smiling

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 04.14.2016 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"I never wanted fame; I just wanted to be valuable," says Peggy Williams. Such a sentiment sounds terribly out of sorts in the age of selfies and YouTube stardom, where fame is the sole aspiration. For Peggy Williams, such a sentiment isn't hyperbole, it's simply the truth.

The Art Of Kissing Big Cats

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 02.12.2016 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

It is clear to anyone who has been privileged to see Alexander and his big cats at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, either during the show or at one of our many Animal Scout Clinics that their rapport is one of mutual respect.

The Redemption of Cinqué

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

The name a person is given often reflects the hopes of those who bestow it upon the one who has been deemed as such. At Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, cast and crew alike know Cinqué as "Q."

Circus or Cirque: The Wonder Thrives on

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Circus (or cirque) thrives on living art for audiences of every age and conceivable walk of life, be it under the big top, the theatrical stage or the many sumptuous arenas that host The Greatest Show On Earth.

Being The First

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I was young and so very green, but I knew this was an enormous opportunity. However, it came with something a lot weightier -- history. Holst, himself a former Ringmaster, informed me that if I were to accept the position I would be the first black American in what was then the 129-year history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to preside as Ringmaster.

The Little Circus Dancer Who Could

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Women
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I was naïve upon leaving The Greatest Show On Earth® in 2004. I thought I could simply walk into any audition and acquire the role. After all, I had the talent, right? Right, I did. But so did many others.

Cantaleta: Cuba's Funniest Import

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Clowning is a compulsion. The pull of clowning is inescapable. So it was for Joan Fernández Cabrera. "I feel a little magic," is how Joan Fernández Cabrera describes his transformation into his clown alter ego, Cantaleta -- a hyperactive blend of mischief, athleticism and a hapless romantic.

Love at First Flight: The Story of Ammed and Estefani Tuniziani

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Of all the many trapeze artists I've had the pleasure to present, not a single one ever considered such a career in flight as a plan B or something to hold them over until their real dream kicked in. The trapeze is either for you or it is not.

A Little Person's Antidote to Bullying

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Imagine there's nowhere you can go where you are not the curiosity that tempts roving eyes and odd glances. Imagine that your very presence evokes a profile in the imagination of others, which instinctively limits who and what you are.

A Brooklyn Clown Is Living His Dream

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Every clown has a story about when they knew they wanted to be a clown. Perhaps it was that first trip to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, or an insatiable desire to affect others through laughter.

Those Fabulous Animals

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Johnathan Lee Iverson

I learned two things upon joining The Greatest Show On Earth over 15 years ago. 1) Top billing belongs to the four-legged mammals and 2) circus at its purest is a celebration of living things at their utmost.

The Show Must Go on

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Fear, heaviness and doubt were eviscerated by the onslaught of courage and joy it takes to fly, to dare, to soar, to be circus; and maybe, just maybe that inspired performance reached that someone in the shadows who we'll likely never meet. Hence, the show must go on.

Prayers for Ringling Circus Aerialists

Lee-En Chung | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Lee-En Chung

Next time you take your kids, grandchildren or even your parents to the circus, please keep in mind that the artistry can be spectacular, the acts can be death-defying, and the show must go on.

LOOK: The Greatest Show On Earth

Posted 03.23.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The greatest show on earth has arrived in the Verizon Center. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus began their weekend run of "DRAG...

Gatsby, Winter Carnival, and Me

Lonna Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, narrator Nick Carraway remarks, "You can't repeat the past." To which Jay Gatsby replied, "You can't repeat the past? Why of course, you can."