One of the longest running daytime game shows in television history, The Price is Right first aired on CBS in 1972. With that being said, I do realize that I am not at all unique when I say that I grew up with this show. It was a weekday tradition, and wow, did my grandma have a crush on Bob Barker! Cousins, aunts, neighbors – whoever happened to be around for that magical hour of daytime excitement played along, and it gave us all an excuse to pay a little more attention to what we were spending in the grocery store! Let’s face it – The Price is Right is THE all-American game show. In September of 2003, The Price is Right Live premiered at Harrah’s Reno, eventually spawning a touring version of the production that toured the nation. We were fortunate enough to attend the event during its most recent run through Orlando at Bob Carr Theater.
Standing up against the stage in the very familiar “contestants’ row”, all I could do was smile. Our host, Todd Newton (the former host of GSN’s Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck, among others), greeted the guests, and just like that – time for a pricing game! Our “fabulous item up for bid” was a guitar with an amp, and we all bid respectable amounts, but this is where my journey ended with the show. As the lovely lady next to me ran onstage following her winning bid, the three of us remaining on contestants’ row were handed free event t-shirts and instructed to return to our seats as four new names were called. Another slight change from the TV show, but one I can totally appreciate in an effort to spread the fun around a little further.
The traveling show does not offer the full array of games that you’ll find on the TV show, but longstanding favorites like Any Number, Cliff Hangers, Punch A Bunch, and Plinko (which Todd Newton aptly referred to as their “Free Bird”) were present in all their glory and holding the promise of spectacular prizes – if the price is right! Sorry about that – I couldn’t resist! The overall structure of the show differed again when it came time to produce the beloved Big Wheel, and during the Showcase Showdown. Rather than contestants who had already appeared onstage, these games were also offered up to random audience members, just as the pricing games prior – and there was only one “wheel” appearance, rather than two separate rounds midway and at the end of the show.
One thing I especially enjoyed actually had very little to do with the show itself. The audience had to be one of the most energetic and entertaining I’ve witnessed in my many years of attending various live events. There was a party going on in the aisles well before the curtain went up, and it kept going even after the show had begun. Much like its television counterpart, The Price is Right Live successfully created a community of fun where support overruled competition. It was a complete rush to be a part of it. At the risk of being a bit overdramatic, even without a true win, it was a dream come true.
Touring game shows are becoming quite a thing these days! Double Dare Live is coming soon to Bob Carr Theater, and we have partnered with our friends at Dr. Phillips Center to give away a family four-pack of tickets to one lucky ComeSeeOrlando fan! Check our Facebook or Twitter accounts for more details! For more information on The Price is Right Live, click here.