Monday, February 20, 2012

African-American Ringmaster Presides In Philly

The first-ever African American Ringmaster in the 142-year history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus, Jonathan Lee Iverson, will be in Philadelphia for the final week of Black History Month when the Greatest Show On Earth performs at the Wells Fargo Center from Wednesday, February 22 through Monday, February 27.

Iverson began performing at age 11 with the world-famous Boys Choir of Harlem, and was intensely trained in all forms of music including classical, jazz, hip hop, and gospel. Upon his graduation from the University of Hartford's Hartt School in May 1998 with a degree in voice performance, Iverson was invited to begin his professional entertainment career with the 129th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. His impact was felt immediately as Barbara Walters named him one of the ten most fascinating people of 1999. Iverson has also performed on Broadway, acted in commercials, and engaged in freelance journalism.

This year's dazzling all-new edition of The Greatest Show On Earth features the Shaolin Warriors, who are able to twist eight-foot-long metal rods, break six-foot-long wooden poles in one strike, and be lifted seven feet in the air on the points of five-handheld spears. Previously existing acts have been improved as well; there is now a record eight riders inside the Globe of Steel, while the Big Cats act now includes both male and female lions and tigers.

Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS at the Wells Fargo Center from Wednesday, February 22 through Monday, February 27, are available exclusively through ComcastTIX on line at, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the Wells Fargo Center Box Office. Join the free Wells Fargo Center CyberClub and receive advance notice and special offers to future events at

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS opens an hour before with the All Access Pre-show available and FREE to all ticket holders. Families can join Pre-show Host Andre McClain and participate in interactive experiences such as learning juggling and balancing skills, get performer autographs, see one of Ringling Bros. majestic Asian elephant’s paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and meet the Ringling Bros. Clowns, whose side-splitting spoofs, absurd antics and comical parody are guaranteed to keep audiences roaring with laughter!
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