Monthly Archives: March 2015
TODD NEWTON IN CALGARY
Posted on March 25, 2015
Todd Newton on Global News Regina
Posted on March 16, 2015
Congratulations Bryan Marcus!
Posted on March 11, 2015
The Price is Right Live at the Coronado
Posted on March 2, 2015
Rockford (WIFR) — One of America’s most popular game shows made its first ever stop in Rockford making the price is right for everyone that showed up.
Three iconic words we’ve all hoped to hear our name connected to. Andy Martello is the lucky guy who goes around the country saying come on down for The Price is Right Live, but today is special for the Marengo native.
“For me this is homecoming. It’s magic. It’s a great day. I’ve been looking forward to this since they told me about it,” says Martello.
Martello says it’s an honor to make an impact on people’s lives.
Inside of the Coronado thousands watched as more than a dozen contestants played some of our favorite games like Pick Any Number and Cliffhanger’s which a lucky player won. Prizes were anything from cold hard cash, to a trip to Vegas.
Earlier in the day hundreds of people lined up outside of the Coronado Theatre in Downtown Rockford registering to get on the show. David Stukenberg stood in line for an hour.
“We’ve often dreamed about even going out and watching it. So, it’s a real treat for them to come to Rockford like this,” says Stukenberg.
The Price is Right Live has been touring the country for more than 10 years with host Todd Newton, but this is its first stop in Rockford.
“We could be in Chicago. We could be in Rockford. We could be in St. Louis. We could be in Joplin, Missouri. It doesn’t make any difference. We just want to come out and do what we do and make the experience as memorable for people as possible,” says Newton.
Meanwhile, Stukenberg says whether or not he makes it to the showcase showdown, the show left a lasting impression.
“It’s a good community builder. Everybody is excited and hopefully they’ll do it again someday.”
Tonight’s show was the last stop of the tour for The Price is Right Live, which sold out almost immediately, bringing in almost twenty five hundred people.
The Price was Every Bit of Right at the Star Plaza Theatre
Posted on March 2, 2015
The show was hosted by longtime Nickelodeon game show host, and now Food Network star and Restaurant Impossible Executive Producer, Marc Summers.
Summers was as entertaining and enthusiastic as ever with the energetic crowd, and brought a personal touch to the show that only a longtime professional in the game show industry could.
Hopeful contestants lined up hours before the show to register to become a contestant. Many were decked out in the neon, handmade catchphrase shirts we have all seen and come to love from the show over the years. And when the lucky few names were called to “come on down”, they came roaring down the aisle with all the enthusiasm you would see at the actual show.
The live show was a perfect mix of homage to the campy, kitschy, 70’s atmosphere that has become a cultural icon over the past half-a-decade, while still adding its own unique attitude to the performance.
Attendees were treated to a “Greatest Hits” of Price Is Right classic games; including the ever-popular “Plinko” and cult favorite “Cliffhanger”.
In addition to the classic games were also the inclusions of the “Big Wheel” and “Showcase Showdown”, where contestants try to correctly guess the price on a number of different, and expensive prizes, in order to win them all.
On this particular night, though, the two contestants both overbid on the showcase.
But in addition to seeing all the classic games and sets we see on TV, there were two things that really made the Price Is Right Live standout. First, just how much effort the Price Is Right Live show puts into trying to incorporate as many people in the audience into the show as they possibly can. Even audience members who weren’t called to compete were randomly given prizes throughout the entire evening, and the staff made a concerted effort to make sure everyone felt like they were part of the action.
This is a testament to the Price Is Right as much as it is to the live show itself, just how fanatical the audience really was at the show, and how varying the ages of the attendees were. It goes to show just how much the Price Is Right means to American culture. And for those wondering if the live show can truly do it justice? It certainly, certainly does.