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‘Price is Right’ comes on down to Atlanta October 3

Todd Newton (left) hosts the live "Price is Right Live" show coming to the Fox Theatre October 3, 2012. If you want good seats, you may have to hit Stubhub. CREDIT: Price is Right Live

Todd Newton (left) hosts the live "Price is Right Live" show coming to the Fox Theatre October 3, 2012. If you want good seats, you may have to hit Stubhub. CREDIT: Price is Right Live

For four decades, CBS has anchored the 11 a.m. weekday lineup a glitzy, proudly cheesy game show that has bestowed our culture with the legendary line, “Come on down! You’re the next contestant on ‘The Price is Right’!”

Now the show is coming on down to Atlanta Wednesday, October 3, the Fox Theatre as part of its first live road trip, featuring Emmy-winning game show host Todd Newton.

“The Price is Right Live” is not televised but replicates many of the elements of the real game, including the chipper music, the pricing games, the female models and the prizes. The live version, which debuted in Reno, Nev. a decade ago in a 200-seat theatre, has now expanded to a permanent show in Las Vegas, a version in Branson, Mo. and this traveling road show.

“It’s authentic,” Newton says. “We are produced by the same people who do the TV show. They put the same love and detail in every set piece.”

The Big Wheel seen midway through the show, in which contestants get two spins to get as close to one dollar as possible, looks and feels identical – except it’s 89 percent to scale. If it were any bigger, it wouldn’t fit in the moving truck, Newton says.

Newton, who hosts “Family Game Night” on the cable channel the Hub, said former “Price is Right” host Bob Barker (who retired in 2007 after 35 years) is his mentor. The pair had lunch recently. “He has spent countless hours helping me master my craft,” Newton says, including how to connect with every contestant and appreciate how special the moment is for them.

There are minor differences from the TV show. For instance, every round brings in new contestants. (On CBS, they rotate in only one newbie per round and winners from each half compete in the final Showcase.) And players aren’t pre-selected. Anybody who buys a ticket and registers has a shot to go on stage. And the show runs 75 to 90 minutes, longer than the CBS hour-long program.

At each stop, the producers have dozens of games to choose from. Only one is guaranteed to show up Wednesday night because it’s the most requested: Plinko. For the unitiated, its similar to the Japanese pinball-like game Pachinko. Contestants drop round Plinko chips from the top of a big board with dozens of pegs deflecting the path of the chip as it goes down until it lands in a spot with a dollar amount on the bottom.

“It’s an easy game,” Newton says, “but also an exciting game.”

Plinko-!

Theater preview

“The Price is Right Live”

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 3. $42.50 to $67.60 (after fees). Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org.


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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

36 comments Add your comment

Traffic Headache

September 28th, 2012
7:53 am

“On CBS, they rotate in only one newbie per round and winners from each half compete in the final Showcase Showdown.”

Like so many other references, this is wrong. The Showcase Showdown is the spinning of the wheel to see who goes onto the final contest which is (and has been since 1972) just called the Showcase.

TG

September 28th, 2012
8:22 am

Dang, why do they have to charge? I went to see Jeopardy a few years ago and I don’t think we paid a dime. Oh well, I was going to go until I saw the price. Moving on…

Glenn

September 28th, 2012
9:25 am

@TG

Jeopardy doesn’t give the audience a change to win prizes yo . I bid one dolla .

Glenn

September 28th, 2012
9:31 am

chance not change yo

david

September 28th, 2012
11:40 am

@ TG

This won’t be televised, just a travelling entertainment version.
Jeopardy was being filmed for their regular broadcast.

Rosebud

September 28th, 2012
12:25 pm

So, how do you get tickets?

Honey Boo Boo

September 28th, 2012
12:45 pm

OOOOH! Spinnin’ for that dollah make me hollah!

Clueless

September 28th, 2012
1:32 pm

Do you win actual prizes or is it just for show?

Rodney Ho

September 28th, 2012
2:39 pm

@Clueless. Yes, you win actual prizes. Dirty little secret: if the prize is of any sizable value (you’d have to check the IRS on the current minimum), you’d have to pay some hefty taxes on the prize.

CD

September 28th, 2012
3:36 pm

Traffic Headache: They are referring to contestant row. The four contestants on contestant row change with every game while on the real show they only replace the winner with a new contestant. They still have the showcase showdown which is the winners from each half. Make sense?

Gregg

September 28th, 2012
10:33 pm

I just attended the live Price is Right show in Clearwater, Florida at Ruth Eckerd Hall. This is the BIGGEST scam I’ve ever seen “live” and in person. First, many come to this show thinking they’re going to be on television and more than few were told as much when they asked so-called producers (hucksters) playing the crowds prior to showtime. Todd Newton and Randy West have stooped to new lows in their careers for even being part of this scam.

Here’s why it’s a scam. I sat down next to a woman who spent $80.00 driving round-trip from Sebring to come to this show. She spent $65.00 on a ticket and $17.00 on a hamburger and drink. When she realized that this was NOT a real show and that the value of the prizes being offered were in the hundreds (not thousands) she nearly cried. She really believed this was the real deal (or as close to as she might ever come). In fact, many in the audience did not realize that the “Come on Down” contestants are part of a drawing held prior to the start of the show.

The show is so cheap in design that they actually use a GO camera on the stage ($200.00 value at Best Buy) to project the images of the contestants to the big screen. They have a guy using a hand held DVD cam (which gets the audience going) and for some reason these people think they’re going to be on television. If they give away a total of $2500.00 for the whole event (not including t-shirts they give away to a few audience members) that would be a record. In fact, they even stated (at the start of the show) that in the TEN years in running this carnival barking, on the road fair for adults scam, they’ve given away over ONE MILLION DOLLARS! TEN YEARS AND THEY GIVEN AWAY ONLY A MILLION BUCKS!

There is something really wrong with this entire event and someone is making a TON of cash on this road show. Todd travels in a $250,000.00+ Prevost Coach and while Dimmitt Cadillac threw their business cards in the cars of those who used the Valet car service, no one won a new Cadillac. However, seeing new cars lining the front of the Hall made everyone think that a slew of new cars would be won.

One lady who won $250.00 – spinning the big wheel – walked off the stage with a “who cares” attitude, as she probably did not break even on the tickets for her, her family, gas and food. They fill this show with old TPIR clips of Bob Barker and even go as far as to thank the audience for given them ALL a living during the past ten years – while they tour the country and huckster those seeking diamonds – falling from the trees – like those waiting for rain in the dust bowl. All I can say, is shame on ALL of you for ripping off those who need to believe there’s a pot of gold at the end of some rainbow. Todd, enjoy those $2500.00 suits, manicures and that comfortable Prevost, as you’re losing some fans along the way on your Golden Road.

Howard

September 29th, 2012
6:52 am

Clearwater Florida friday 9/28/12
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT. The whole show is a SCAM and BS. All they really do is talk alot of BS and give away some T-Shirts. All of the pizes were too high or too low, not actual value, and thats to through you off winning anything. Also, you have to be within 100.00 to win the grand prize or all you get is a T-shirt……Take your spouse to a nice diner with your money and put these scam artists out of business.

AU Liberal in ATL

September 29th, 2012
6:59 am

I’ll be watching the President destroy Mitt Romney that night.

mojo322

September 29th, 2012
8:49 am

Wow, thank you for the insight to this, I hope a lot of people read this and esp. anyone on a fixed income. The saying is”If is sounds too good to be true, then is probably is”

Kat

September 29th, 2012
9:39 am

Wow – Gregg must have had a hard life watching this show in an un-air conditioned parlor room with his grandparents during the summer in Phoenix. It’s rotted his brain.

Yes, there is a charge. Is it too much? Yes? Then don’t go. If anyone goes to the show assuming that he/she WILL be picked and it will have been worth all of their money that they had to their name, then fine. Do that. If you think (logically) that there is a big audience and the likelihood of being chosen is minimal, at best. Then go. You will enjoy it.

Everyone spends a crapload on Disney trips each year, and mine NEVER look like they do on TV – happy, no crowds, no bad weather, etc. Expectations are everything. But some expect way too much.

Laurice

September 30th, 2012
4:24 pm

THIS SHOW IS A TOTAL SCAM ,I went last night in Tallahassee. Do not go to this show. They gave out 20 teashirts, 1 garmin, 250.00 (and acted like that was a big deal)..and 2 trips (3 day in a low class hotel). These people are setting you up to take your ticket money. They walk off with millions for this.

Laurice

September 30th, 2012
4:26 pm

THESE PEOPLE ARE STEALING YOUR TICKET MONEY. You have a 1/500 shot of winning a teashirt. Good times.

Walter

September 30th, 2012
5:22 pm

Wow…

Caught the show.. what a total scam.. Todd Newton is a con artist. First comes the fraud: no purchase required (not true). Second, they called up about 30 people out of 2500, of those individuals, 6 win (24 give outs were a teashirt) and the 6 together won a total pool of 3000. Do the math: Newton and Company pulls in about 100 grand a show, plan to give out 2500 in prizes so they reap in about $110,000 a show. They actually gave false and deceptive values on the showcase. Big wow.. a chance to teashirt,earings,a couple hundred bucks, a three day trip etc. who cares we all walked out as fools. Price is right Live does shows a couple times a week, that means they rake in millions of dollars a year. What a bunch of fake show hosts.

Walter

September 30th, 2012
5:32 pm

Opps, I meant they they charged for tickets something to the tune of 110,000 dollars a show.. and if they give away 3000 a show they are making about over 100k a show. So how often do they do this? Biggest scam and waste of money. Here is the schedule of events. There is NO DREW carey, no television.. and lots of wasted time watching videos of the price is right.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre Ticket sales profit
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Midland/Odessa, TX Wagner Noel PAC Ticket sales profit
Friday, September 21, 2012 Austin, TX Long Center PAC Ticket sales profit
Saturday, September 22, 2012 Tulsa, OK Mabee Center Ticket sales profit
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Jacksonville, FL Times Union Center Ticket sales profit
Thursday, September 27, 2012 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Center Ticket sales profit
Friday, September 28, 2012 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket sales profit
Saturday, September 29, 2012 Tallahassee, FL Leon Civic Center Ticket sales profit
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre Ticket sales profit
Thursday, October 04, 2012 Nashville, TN Andrew Jackson Hall Ticket sales profit
Friday, October 05, 2012 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre Ticket sales profit
Saturday, October 06, 2012 Bloomington, IL Bloomington Center Ticket sales profit
Sunday, October 07, 2012 Sioux City, IA Orpheum Theatre Ticket sales profit
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Indianapolis, IN Clowes Hall SOLD OUT
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Green Bay, WI Weidner Center Ticket sales profit
Thursday, October 11, 2012 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center Auditorium Ticket sales profit
Friday, October 12, 2012 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Ticket sales profit
Saturday, October 13, 2012 East Lansing, MI Wharton Center SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 14, 2012 Williamsport, PA Community Arts Center Ticket sales profit
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Worcester, MA Hanover Theatre Ticket sales profit
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Orono, ME Collins Center Ticket sales profit
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Betheleham, PA SANDS CENTER SOLD OUT
Friday, October 19, 2012 Florence, IN Belterra Casino Ticket sales profit
Saturday, October 20, 2012 Florence, IN Belterra Casino Ticket sales profit
Sunday, October 21, 2012 Florence, IN Belterra Casino Ticket sales profit
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Raleigh, NC Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Ticket sales profit
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Washington, DC Warner Theatre Ticket sales profit
Saturday, October 27, 2012 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre Ticket sales profit
Sunday, October 28, 2012 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury Ticket sales profit

Not Bob Barker

October 1st, 2012
11:10 am

This is a SCAM. Just caught the show in Tallahassee Fla last Saturday. $35 to $55 a ticket X 3000 people, they are making a killing. Dont waste your money. ITS ALL A BIG SCAM!!!!!!

Kate in Tallahassee

October 1st, 2012
9:12 pm

WHAT A COMPLETE RIP OFF IS ALL I CAN SAY. Show was to start at 7:00. Seats along sides and balcony were $55 and ground floor over $100. Show started at 8:00 on the dot and ended at 8:56, with half of that action packed hour being nostalgic videos of past PIR shows and hosts. It wasn’t that it the show wasn’t interesting and fun, it was. But, for an actual half hour of “show” and cheap prizes (except for last gig – the Final Showcase), it was definitely NOT worth the price.
I expected to be actually entertained for 2 hours, as with any concert or event. If it were 2 hours, I wouldn’t have minded a half hour of video pieces.

There were only 5 or 6 “games” for the whole show. Don’t waste your money!

Gregg

October 2nd, 2012
12:43 pm

Kat:

Don’t know what your problem is. Do you work for this “on the road” scam? The majority of all of the people who posted here had the exact same experience. This is a total scam and the only people who make money are the cast (that’s what they are), Ruth Eckerd Hall (their cut on tickets) Dimmitt Cadillac for their deception as well and of course those at CBS/Freemantle who think this is a great way to line their pockets, while picking those of others.

Donna

October 3rd, 2012
7:56 am

My family and I purchased tickets to the show tonight in Atlanta – I certainly hope that we have more fun than the people who have posted here. However, will know more about that after tonight. We did spend over $50 per ticket for a family of 6. Will keep an open mind and hope at least 1 of us gets called to “come on down”…..

Cortney

October 3rd, 2012
2:57 pm

Donna me and my husband are going tonight as well!! And I agree we are staying open mined to let’s go win : )

Pammy

October 3rd, 2012
9:33 pm

Those going to the Atlanta show, please post your experiences. How was the Showcase? What did the Showcase cost? Did anyone win it? Did anyone win a car?

Thanks

JS

October 4th, 2012
12:39 am

This show is definitely a scam. I recently went to “Prarie Home Companion” and “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” at the Fox, both the real deal; fun and actually broadcast on the radio. This was a pretend show that offered cheap prizes and cost a lot of money to attend.

Donna

October 4th, 2012
8:15 am

So my family of 6 went to the ATL show last night at the Fox and had Orchestra level tickets that we paid $50 each for. Still not sure how contestants were selected but they had 6 contestants make it on stage – 2 big wheels, then to be fair, they called names again to come on down for the showcase – not the people who had won the other prizes like they do on the TV show. One lady who played my favorite game Plinko won $800 and one lady won a trip to Las Vegas. No one won the big showcase . Both contestants bid on a cruise and a new car – Total value of the showcase was about $15,000 and they were both over. They did call names after each play to pick up Price is Right T-Shirts. Unfortunately, the other posts were correct – lots of talking and joking around with the audience – some people were yelling out loud “fraud” because they were tired of the jokes and wanted to play the game- could not believe that one. Had a good time but for the hour and a half wished we could have seen the screens for the prizes better and that the host would not talk so much.

Gregg

October 4th, 2012
11:01 am

No doubt, from reading the newest comments, this show is just another way to scam tens of thousands out of their MONEY!!! You probably would have more luck buying a lotto scratch off ticket with your money then wasting your time, money and energy attending this clone rip-off of a great daytime show! About the only thing that can be said about this experience is that when they ask you to “Come on Down” you get a hint of what the REAL show may be like:-)

Gregg

October 4th, 2012
11:05 am

BTW, one would think that our LOCAL news stations would be HONEST and FAIR in their reporting about this scam road show, as opposed to PROMOTING Newton and helping this FRAUD continue to persist!

Justin

October 4th, 2012
2:10 pm

I don’t understand how TPIS can allow this to happen. Either they are making money off of this circus show or they legally cannot do anything about it. There was no Drew Cary, prizes totalling no more than $5000 given away, terrible jokes that at times were uncomfortable. $50 a ticket for a house of 5k-6k people. Do the math! Atl 10/3/12

Suzanne

October 4th, 2012
3:02 pm

Man! These comments are bringing me down;( I’ve already bought my tickets for the Oct. 19th show at Belterra Casino, they were only $15 for members, but now I’m really bummed out! I was so excited when I saw that TPIR was coming near us, even though there was another host by the name of Mark Walburg. I am still excited about going, but I will repost my experience after the show.

Gregg

October 4th, 2012
4:59 pm

Want to fight back against this scam? DO NOT BUY A TICKET – SHOW UP AND JUST DO THE FREE CONTESTANT DRAWING!!! here’s how it works, in many states the law requires a drawing to NOT require the purchase of any item/ticket in order to enter the drawing. In Tampa, these con artists were required to allow ANYONE to enter the drawing to become a contestant. In other words, we did NOT have to buy a ticket to be on the so-called show. Go to the theater, go sign up and wait to see if your name is called to come on stage. The show producers pull the entry cards before the show and call out the names of the contestants. So, if your name is called and you did not buy a ticket for $65 BUCKS you still get to win a cheap prize anyway:-) If all else fails and you ended up buying a ticket, get a REFUND or just yell FRAUD and SCAM during the show:-)

David

October 4th, 2012
11:26 pm

I would sell your tickets if you have them. I went to the Fox last night and I feel like a sucker. This really hurts.

Pammy

October 4th, 2012
11:41 pm

Oh now….TPIR should be ashamed of themselves. I hope people start yelling “SCAM” and “FRAUD” at all these shows now.

Pammy

October 4th, 2012
11:42 pm

Meant to say…Oh Nooooooo, not oh now…got riled up for a minute. ha ha

JT

October 5th, 2012
8:57 am

I attended the show at the Fox last Wednesday and must agree with the above posts. This show was not what many people expected. We arrived around 6:30 and stood in line to register. Fortunately the line moved fairly quickly and we were registered and in our seats by 7:00. The show was to start at 7:30, but didn’t begin until 8:00. In the mean time we were treated to 70’s and 80’s TPIR trivia questions on the big screens. Before the show began we caught wind that there would be 28 people that would get a chance to play for a prize. Tickets ranged from 30.00-50.00. Multiply that by seating capacity of the Fox at approximately 5000 and its close to a quarter of a million dollars if it’s 50.00 per ticket. Even at 40.00 per ticket its 200k.

Like most people, I read these posts after I purchased my tickets but wanted to keep an open mind. I would be lying if I told you that I didn’t try to sell my tickets because I did. This show was sold out for some time and yet I couldn’t even get an inquire about my tickets. Something either got out about this show to the public or some people finally realized that if its too good to be true, then it probably is. But I digress. I knew from the first prize that came out to be bid on, this wasn’t going to be what many expected. It was a complete set of Harry Potter books. Estimated value 115.00.

4 names were called to “come on down” before every game. The winner would go on to play the actual pricing game. The other three were ushered off the podiums and given a TPIR tee shirt. 4 more names were called and the process started over again. Once the player actually got on stage to play the game the value of the prizes they would win if they won were not that great. I saw a regrigerator, digital cameras, pool table, an remington razor and even a piano keyboard if you can believe it. These prizes were nothing special and could have easily been purchased at your local Brands Mart. After each game, the announcer would call 10 names to come get a free tee shirt after the show was over. Everybody is a winner!

In one game where a gentleman was given the opportunity to punch a board and win the money he punched, he only received 1 punch out of 5 chances. He was asked to determine if certain grocery items were higher or lower then the expected value. Needless to say he only guessed one correctly, but I have to say that I have never paid 4.99 for a box of Golden Crisp.

As the show went on, the crowds continued to cheer and help out the contestants on the stage. It was a friendly environment to be around or at least it was in my section in the front. I will say that at times some of the jokes both the host and the announcer would say had sexual references and would not be appropriate around kids, which I saw a few at the show. This is and has always been a family show(at least on tv), so if you are thinking about bringing your kids know this. Most jokes were about Viagra and the sounds women make when doing “the deed.”

The final game of the show was the showcase. Two names were drawn at random and the prize was a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas, a 2012 Nissan Versa, digital camera and 50 inch HDTV. One bid a little over 14,000 and the other bid a little over 16,000 I think. The difference here is that both players were bidding on the same showcase. Yes, there was only one showcase package that both were bidding on. And in order to win the entire prize package you had to come within 100.00 of the total value. This is where I believe people got upset at the show. Its hard enough to get close to the value of the showcase. Its even harder to try and win everything if you can guess within 100 dollars. Now if one of the contestants got close and didnt go over and beat his opponent, he would only win the cruise. Guess what, neither won. Both bid to high. The total value was around 12,000 if you can believe it. If thats the case, I want to know where I can buy that car if its so cheap.

People started getting up after both the contestants lost and the value of the showcase was revealed. I believe at that point I along with many others decided that this show was not legit. It was pure entertainment with the slim possibility of winning a cheap prize. If you paid money just to be entertained, then thats exactly what this is. But if you paid money thinking you were going to win it big and win cars, vacations, etc then this is not the show to come too. As I said earlier, the show started at 8:00 PM, I got to my car and left the parking lot behind the Fox at 9:18 PM. Keep in mind there was about 30 minutes of old TPIR montages and clips playing from the past with Bob Barker and footage of hysterically screaming contestants.