Ringling Bros. circus to premiere 'Built to Amaze' at Tampa Bay Times Forum

December 27, 2012 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which has strong ties to Manatee County via parent company Feld Entertainment, is back with "Built To Amaze."

The 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth promises drama, surprise, wonder and excitement for its world premiere Jan. 2-6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Elephants, tigers, acrobats and aerialists will join together from across the globe to form a single spectacular experience.

From the blueprints to the band, from the crates to the clowns, from the hammer to the high wire, Ringling Bros. will offer "one breathtaking performance of non-stop thrills so astonishing you have to see it to believe it."

Earlier this month, the Herald broke the news that Feld Entertainment plans to eventually move Ringling Bros. Winter Quarters to Ellenton from the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

Feld, which also produces several other shows including Disney on Ice and Monster Jam, expects the expansion from its home of many years in Palmetto into a new 47-acre campus in Ellenton to be complete in 2013.

The live show producer also plans to incrementally relocate its global headquarters from Vienna, Va., to Manatee over the next five years.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2-4; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5; 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 6; Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets: $16-$100. Information: 813-301-6900 or Ticketmaster.com.

--Wade Tatangelo

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