The longest running game show in television history is bringing its road show spinoff to Pittsburgh.
“The Price is Right Live,” a staged production show based on the TV show, will set up its oversized versions of carnival games on the Heinz Hall stage on Sept. 25 and invite participants to try their luck at winning any of the prizes up for grabs — which promoters say could include appliances, vacations and maybe even a new car.
On the road
“It’s a definite party,” says host Mark Walberg. “Everyone has a chance to be called down and win something great. We have the Big Wheel, the Showcase – and the chance to hear your name being called to ‘come on down!’”
Walberg, who also hosted “The Price is Right Live” last fall at Greensburg’s The Palace Theatre, is making the rounds with this season’s traveling game show, playing the Hard Rock Casino in Vancouver and in Richmond, Va., before Pennsylvania appearances scheduled in Pittsburgh, Hershey and Bethlehem.
“We try to involve as many people as possible,” he says. “Between pricing games and prizes we give out to audience members, we probably involve around 40 or more audience members.”
Contestants for “The Price is Right Live” are selected at random from among all the eligible people that have registered on the day of the performance. Prize winners will be required to present a drivers’ license or other government-issued ID.
To be eligible to compete, contestants must be 18 or older and must visit the registration area that will be set up at or near the Heinz Hall box office three hours prior to show time.
Plinko a fan favorite
Walberg says the most popular of all the games definitely is Plinko, a game that TV show host Bob Barker introduced in 1983 that involves chips bouncing from peg to peg until they settle into a dollar amount at the bottom.
“By far, the rock star of the show is Plinko,” he says. “I don’t know why but the crowd goes crazy when we announce that one.”
The popular television game show has been around since 1956, when Bill Cullen was the original host. Others that followed included Barker, Tom Kennedy and Drew Carey.
“The Price Is Right Live” is produced by FremantleMedia North America.