Love Is In The Air At St. Clair With Bob Eubanks & Tony N’Tina’s Wedding
One of North America’s longest-serving game show hosts Bob Eubanks, is bringing his family-friendly show to St. Clair College Centre for the Arts in February 2017.
Bob Eubanks, who hosted The Newlywed Game for parts of five different decades beginning in 1966, introduces hilarious clips from the long-running game show as well as playing two half-hour versions of the game with volunteer members of the audience.
And one lucky audience member will be randomly selected by seat location for a chance to win $100,000, a prize provided by the show’s promoters!
The contestant will be required to select three envelopes from a group of 20 envelopes, each containing point values, and will have to match a total of 1,000 points to win the prize.
There is no guarantee the prize will be won here in Windsor.
The Not So Newlywed Game show takes place at the Chrysler Theatre February 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and $55 and can be purchased at the St. Clair Centre’s box office or online at: ChryslerTheatre.com.
For Eubanks, now 78, it’s a chance to return to his game-show roots. Biz X luckily had the opportunity to have a phone interview with him from his office in California, in late November 2016.
“I believe you have to constantly keep reinventing yourself and apply what you do best in other areas or in other ways,” says Eubanks. “I remember being out riding my horse a few years ago and trying to think what I was going to do for the rest of my life. At that point, I couldn’t see anyone calling me and asking me to host a game show so I decided to do it myself.”
He continues, “We have put together a series of show highlights and some out-takes from the show over the years and we decided to take it on the road. We also decided to use just regular people because they are often unintentionally hilarious whereas celebrities are always trying to perform and it can often seem forced.”
The show is part of a romance-themed month at the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, 201 Riverside Drive West in Windsor (StClairCollege.ca/stclaircentre), which also includes a return of the very-popular “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” on February 3 and 4.
“We’re always looking to bring different kinds of unique and fun shows to the centre,” states Joe D’Angela, Director of Operations for St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, the Chrysler Theatre and Campus Food Services. “We think the two shows are a good tie-in to all of the wedding receptions we have hosted here over the past five years.”
D’Angela adds, “We average between 130 and 150 weddings and we have reached out to all the couples who held their wedding receptions at our venue over the past five years inviting them to the show. We think the Not So Newlywed Game will resonate with many of the couples who have celebrated their weddings at the St. Clair Centre and that is the main reason why we decided to bring this show to Windsor.”
He explains that an email blast in December 2016 resulted in about 200 ticket sales from people who held their receptions at St. Clair and all want to be part of this show.
Show participants will be selected by a drawing of their ticket stubs and seat locations.
“We have already received emails and Facebook requests from people wanting to be part of the show onstage but we’re going to do a random draw so that it’s fair for everyone,” says D’Angela.
It’s all part of a month focused on love and marriage surrounding Valentine’s Day at the St. Clair Centre, including a return of the popular wedding show.
“We didn’t stage the Tony N’ Tina Wedding show a year ago and my phone never stopped ringing asking if we would bring it back,” notes D’Angela. “We usually sell out both shows and it’s a great hit with everybody.”
D’Angela says the wedding show features 22 actors, all of whom play family members and interact constantly with the audience. It takes place in the Alumni Skyline Room and tickets include dinner.
“I’m of Italian descent and it’s spot on,” says D’Angela laughing. “It looks like it’s drawn from someone’s personal experiences of attending an Italian wedding.”
Eubanks says he expects a similar reaction to the Not So Newlywed Game because it’s a show which attracts people across all generations.
“It remained popular for so long because our audience could always see parts of themselves in the contestants,” believes Eubanks. “It was good, clean wholesome fun and people really responded to that part of the show.”
The show also spawned the phrase “makin’ whoopee,” which referred to making love.
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Photo courtesy of Bob Eubanks Enterprises.