Come on down and see “The Price is Right Live!”

November 22, 2013 

Todd Newton will be hosting “The Price is Right Live!” on Friday at the City Auditorium in Macon. Producers will choose 60 contestants during a three-hour drawing.

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Middle Georgia residents have the chance to “come on down” Friday when “The Price is Right Live!” comes to Macon.

The City Auditorium will play host to a live production of the iconic TV game show. The show will start after a 7:35 p.m. random drawing for contestants.

“We’re produced and created by the very same people who do the TV show,” said Todd Newton, who hosts the stage version. “The initial concept was to bring a little bit of Hollywood to parts of America that couldn’t get in and tape a show in Hollywood.”

Tickets to the show start at $28 but anyone 18 or older can apply to be a contestant on the show.

Those selected to compete will not need a ticket. Anyone interested in being a contestant -- including ticket holders -- can register for the drawing from 4:30-7:30 p.m. outside the auditorium.

“Everyone is chosen completely at random so everybody has a shot,” Newton said.

The official rules, which indicate employees of the auditorium, the Macon Coliseum or the City of Macon and their immediate families are not eligible to compete, said producers will choose 60 names.

“We give more people the opportunity to play than they do on TV,” Newton said. “We also give prizes to audience members throughout the show.”

The Macon show is set to run for 75 minutes, and four new contestants will be called for every game.

“All of the games are exactly the same,” Newton said. “If they are expecting to see the Big Wheel, they won’t be disappointed.”

He said the live version is very similar to the TV one.

“Everyone who works on the show is a game show fan first, so authenticity is number one for us,” Newton said. “The main difference is we’re not limited to one hour.”

The TV version has more than 85 games but only a fraction of those travel, he said.

“It’s like coming to see your favorite band on stage and knowing they are only going to play a few of the greatest hits,” Newton said. “We’re bringing all of the greatest hits.”

The prizes also will be similar to those contestants win on TV.

“Everything that people would expect to hope and win on a game show -- cars, trips, kitchen appliances, cash,” Newton said. “That is what makes game shows so much fun. We deliver it all.”

The live version started about 10 years ago and was initially played out of a small theater in Reno, Nev., to a crowd of about 100. During the years, the show has grown and began touring the country.

“When the opportunity came to tour the country three years ago, we had no idea the amount of love and affection there was for this television show across every city in the country,” Newton said. “Game show fans are some of the best fans in the world and we get to meet a whole bunch of them every single night.”

The Price is Right Live!

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22

Where: City Auditorium, 415 First St.

Cost: $28, $38, $48 and $58; those chosen as contestants doesn’t need tickets

Information: www.maconcentreplex.com

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