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Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy show closes at Busch Gardens Tampa

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The Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy musical has closed at Busch Gardens Tampa, with a new show set to be announced as its replacement in the Moroccan Palace Theater.

Performances of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy ended on September 5, 2011, with its replacement due to revealed on September 8. The show ran for 10 months at Busch Gardens Tampa, having made its debut in December 2010. It featured acrobats, aerialists, contortionists and musicians and was designed to be an "exotic encounter" inspired by nature's creations.

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy has been by a total audience of over 20 million people, having opened in Broadway in June 2008 and been nominated for "Best Costume Design" in the American Theatre Wing's awards. Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, the show features balancing giraffes, giant flowers and soaring butterflies. The plot is designed to be family-friendly and follows the story of Mother Nature, who leads her "Jungle Boys" through a living jungle.

It is expected to be replaced by a similar Broadway-style show, with the Moroccan Palace Theater having had a history of hosting such performances. World Rhythms on Ice ran in the venue from 1998-2003 before being replaced by Katonga.

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