“Come on Down! You’re the next contestant on ‘The Price is Right.’”
Throughout the many decades that have followed the inaugural debut of “The Price is Right” game show on cable television, this catchphrase has been immediately followed by many hoots and hollers as animated individuals hustle down the aisles toward Contestants’ Row, with their arms waving in the air, fist-pumping and high-fiving—each busting at the seams with hopes of earning a spot on the stage, if not to win big in cash and prizes, to at least give Bob Barker a kiss on the cheek.
While the legendary Barker is no longer the host of this iconic game show, “The Price is Right” lives on and continues to entertain both members of its studio audience, and its dedicated network of fans who religiously tune in their television sets and play right along at home.
Still, hearing the words, “Come on Down!” and picturing yourself doing a little victory dance wearing your resurrected college sweatshirt, or another sort of festive or flashy attire is a dream for many. Now, thanks to “The Price is Right Live!” stage show, this no longer has to be a figment of your imagination or a fantasy that you are forced to live out in solitude while glued to the TV in the confines of your living room.
The stage show has been making its rounds in the U.S. and is stopping through Pensacola, premiering at the Saenger Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 12. Hosted by Emmy award winning television host Todd Newton, “The Price is Right Live!” presents the opportunity for you to take part in all the action you’ve seen on TV, except this time, witness it up close and personally. Not only that, you even have a chance to play—and potentially win, that is, if the price if right.
“Being able to host the show I’ve loved for so many years in beautiful theaters across the country has been a thrill,” said Newton.
Each performance is loaded with an abundant energy that is said to rival the actual show—an energy Newton describes as “high octane game show excitement.”
“We’re all game show fans first and employees second so we take great pride in each performance,” he said. “Our show has been described as part rock concert, part church revival. We keep the energy up from the moment the lights go down.”
Much like the televised show, contestants participate in a variety of games. The live show takes the opportunity to bring the best of the best to the stage, and of course, promote audience involvement and participation throughout the event.
“There are over 85 different pricing games on ‘The Price is Right,’” said Newton. “We have a huge convoy but even that’s not big enough to haul that much gear across the country so I describe the live show as being like seeing your favorite band in concert and knowing they’re only going to play the greatest hits.”
Not only are the greatest hits played—such as Plinko, and Hole in One, for added authenticity, Newton affirms that both the games and the entirety of the set pieces are created by the same team that is responsible for the TV set, resulting in a true touch of Hollywood, if you will.
“Authenticity is key for us,” he said. “The goal was to bring a little bit of Hollywood to people who couldn’t make it out to LA and I think we’ve done a heck of a job.”
Along with authenticity comes the prospect of taking home some cash—and of course, one can’t forget the collection of prizes.
“You want to win a car?,” Newton asked. “We give you the opportunity to do just that. Cash? We’ve got it. Trips, kitchen appliances? Yes and yes. And we also give prizes out to audience members between the games so the winning never stops.”
While the sole intent of your attendance perhaps shouldn’t be to win the top prize or be a part of the showcase showdown, who doesn’t love the thought of winning something, even if not winning big.
“Sharing the stage with a contestant when they win a large sum of cash or a great prize never gets old for me,” said Newton. “We’re lucky to be able to make those kinds of memories every night.”
All ticketed show attendees, regardless of level of tickets are considered registered contestants and eligible to be called down to play, making level of suspense match if not exceed what you’ve witnessed on TV.
“That’s the beauty of the live stage show,” explained Newton, “All of our contestants are chosen completely at random just minutes before the show begins. Everyone in the theater has an equal shot of getting called down to Contestants’ Row.”
In case you’re wondering if there is in fact a giant wheel to spin and whether or not guests can really expect to hear “Come on Down!” You better believe it. In fact, you can bet your bottom dollar.
While Bob Barker most likely won’t be making a guest appearance at the live show, he is set to reappear on the televised show for his upcoming 90th birthday, Dec. 12.
In the meantime, brush up on your pricing skills, strengthen your wheel-spinning arm and get ready to hopefully hear, “The Price is Right!”
And in the words of Bob Barker, “Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered. Goodbye, everybody!”
PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE!
WHAT: Price is Right Live! Stage Show
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12
WHERE: Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox
COST: $43.50 – $103.50 plus service fees
DETAILS: pensacolasaenger.com or 595-3880