published Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Come on down!

The Price Is Right Live! comes to Tivoli Theatre

Drew Carey hosts the TV game show "The Price is Right." The live version's host has not been announced
Drew Carey hosts the TV game show "The Price is Right." The live version's host has not been announced
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.


What: The Price Is Right Live!

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21

Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.

Admission: $28-$78.50 (plus fees)

Phone: 423-642-8497



To register for a chance to be a contestant, visit Online registrations must be received by noon Monday, May 20. Registration also will be available at or near the Tivoli box office three hours before show time on Tuesday, May 21. Ticket purchase, which is open to legal U.S. residents ages 18 or older, is not required for contestant registration and will not increase the chance of being selected to play.

"Come on down!"

That phrase, yelled nine times each weekday by announcer George Gray on the long-running CBS television game show "The Price Is Right," will be repeated here Tuesday, May 21, when the Tivoli Theatre hosts the interactive stage show The Price Is Right Live.

The stage show, according to promotional material, has given away more than $10 million in cash and played to more than 1.2 million people for nearly nine years.

Some of the television show's most popular games, from Plinko to Cliffhangers to the Big Wheel, are expected to be part of the action. And just as in the televised version, the Showcase Showdown closes out the show.

No information is available on the host, but recent live versions have been led by Jerry Springer, host of the Game Show Network's "Baggage" and his iconic former talk show, and Todd Newton, former host of GSN's "Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck" and "Hollywood Showdown."

Prizes eligible to be won at a recent show in Greensboro, N.C., according to a writer on a Ticketmaster site, included a side-by-side refrigerator, headphones, electric mixer, 50-inch LG television with a year's subscription to Blockbuster, and a Ford Fiesta.

Another person who attended a recent show in Cary, N.C., said changes from the televised game include new four-person contestant rows before each game, only one Big Wheel with three random contestants competing for $250, cash prizes in the $100s rather than $1,000s, two new, random contestants who bid on a single showcase and the awarding of the car in a Showcase Showdown only if the guess is within $150 of the price.

"The most important thing with the show is to have a realistic expectation," the Cary writer said. "This show is a fun way to participate, for most simply as an audience member, in a person's favorite game show.

"Too many people have expectations that this will be just like the real show, but that simply is unrealistic. There wouldn't be a show if they gave away more money than they made, and realistically with a traveling show like this, they can't give a car away every show."

about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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