A stage show of “The Price is Right” — no Drew Carey, but the same classic games and an even greater chance to win big — is returning to Newark’s NJPAC in October.
The interactive “The Price is Right Live!” gives audience members, many of whom come decked out in themed costumes, a chance to play Plinko, Bunch-A-Punch and Cliffhangers among other games, to spin the Big Wheel and to compete in the Showcase Showdown, perhaps for a Brand! New! Car!
The producers swap out audience members in Contestant’s Row more often than on the TV show, so more people get to play. At the last “Price is Right Live!” in Newark, about 60 people won prizes. The stage show has given away more than $12 million in cash and prizes since it started touring more than a decade ago.
No purchase is necessary to compete — not including the price of tickets, which sell out quickly. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show on Oct. 13 are $39-$49 and will go on sale May 5 here. You have to be 18 to compete for prizes, but not to attend the show. Those who want to play must complete a separate registration form before the show. Registration begins three hours before the show starts.
“The Price is Right” premiered on NBC in 1956 and ran through 1965, with a revamped version debuting in 1972 on CBS with Bob Barker as its host and the Showcase Showdown introduced when it was expanded to an hour in 1975. Barker retired after 35 years, and the show has been hosted since 2007 by Carey.