(CNN)If you've missed gawking astatine quality cannonballs and unicycling clowns nether a figurative large apical portion the odor of popcorn wafts done the air, you're successful luck: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus is being revived little than a decennary aft it shuttered.
The iconic traveling circus, which successful 2017 halted performances aft much than 140 years in cognition owed to dwindling summons income (and years of contention for its continued usage of carnal performers), volition instrumentality successful September 2023, accumulation institution Feld Entertainment announced Wednesday.
The circus' famed rubric -- "The Greatest Show connected Earth" -- remains. But notably missing from the caller amusement are unrecorded animals: Elephants, tigers and the remainder of the beasts whose appearances successful the circus drew ire from carnal activists and audiences earlier the archetypal amusement ceased, are not included successful the revamped tour.
For years, carnal payment groups criticized and picketed the circus for what they deemed unfair and cruel attraction of chaotic animals, peculiarly its elephants. The trunked giants had been the stars of Ringling's circus for implicit 100 years, often performing stunts passim the show, earlier showrunners phased them retired of the circus successful 2016. Many of the elephants retired astatine a Florida wildlife sanctuary.
Giulio Scatola, a erstwhile Cirque du Soleil choreographer who's starring casting for the caller Ringling circus, told the New York Times that the caller amusement volition incorporated its performers' backstories to make a communicative throughline, alternatively than a bid of disconnected, awe-inspiring acts.
Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, described the caller iteration of the amusement arsenic a timely improvement successful an interrogation with the New York Times.
"Logically, successful bid to beryllium palmy for 146 years, you perpetually person to change," Feld said.
The caller Ringling squad is presently holding auditions crossed the world, though the caller formed won't commencement rehearsing the last merchandise until adjacent summer. Then, successful September 2023, the circus volition embark connected a 50-city circuit crossed North America.