Every weekday morning, it’s been a staple of American life. You’ve seen it on your local CBS affiliate – maybe while folding laundry or just taking a load off and relaxing. It’s The Price Is Right and local contestants are ready to “Come on down!”
The excitement of this American TV institution is coming live to Augusta through The Price Is Right Live stage show at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.
It was announced Monday that Jerry Springer will host the Augusta show, replacing regular host Todd Newton.
Tickets are $35-$45 from georgialinatix.com, (877) 4AUGTIX or at the James Brown Arena box office.
“The show has become part of our lives,” said Newton, in an e-mail interview two weeks ago. “Just as Johnny Carson created appointment television at bedtime, The Price Is Right did so for daytime. There’s not a soul out there that wouldn’t immediately recognize the yellow nametags or the big wheel.”
The live show is interactive with contestants being pulled from the audiences to play games like the quintessential Plinko all the way to the Showcase Showdown, with the chance to win vacations, appliances and cars among other prizes.
Though The Price Is Right Live has been touring the country for nearly nine years, the live show is something that’s relatively new to the world of gameshows, Newton said.
“The producers of The Price Is Right knew that there are hundreds of thousands of fans across the country who may not ever get the chance to come to Hollywood, so we are bringing Hollywood to you,” he explained. “The set is the same, the music is the same, the games are the same, but the energy is through the roof.”
Allyson Brown, from Aiken, is planning to be a part of that energy. She and her husband, Steve, are coming on down to the show in hopes of being a lucky winner.
“I’m going to the show because it’s my lifelong dream to go to The Price Is Right and considering it’s in California, I figured this is the closest I’d get to be going. I watch it almost every day.”
This game show requires you to be a savvy shopper, Brown said.
“My favorite game would probably be the 100 Grand Game, because you have to know the prices of the product,” she said.
Audience members in the studio in California often wear wacky, creative gear to stand out in the hopes of making it down to the stage. Brown’s looking to stand out, too, and will be decked out in a homemade shirt.
“It’s going to be flashy,” she said. “It’s going to have some price tags on it and it’s going to have some quotations on the tags, referring to the whole experience being priceless.”
Brown’s hoping for money or a trip, and she’s hoping that her husband’s past luck in random drawings might just rub off and translate into a chance to win for her.
“He’s very lucky,” she said. “He’s won a $1,000 gift card before, and tickets to ice shows with backstage passes to meet Olympic winners.”
But what will happen if fortune goes the other way?
“I’d be devastated,” Brown said. “I’ll beat myself up for not knowing the prices or whatever the answer is, but I will have fun, and I will have been lucky to have been chosen – to say that I had an opportunity to get on stage out in front of all of those people.”
Indeed, the most important part of the game is to have fun, Newton said.
“Roll with it and savor the experience,” he said. “Life is just a series of moments and being onstage playing the games you’ve loved for years is a moment that, hopefully, people will remember for a lifetime – and with a big smile.”