A live broadcast of a TV game show where anything can happen, and does!

Game Show
Game Show

Written by Jeffrey Finn & Bob Walton

Based on an idea by Jeffrey Finn
Theme Song and incidental music by Bob Walton

From the Authors

The main goal the creative team tried to achieve in the Off-Broadway production of GAME SHOW, as well as subsequent productions, was to recreate the feeling of an actual TV studio. From the chaotic hustle and bustle of the crew when the house opens, all the way to the end of the show. It is high energy, fast pace and a party atmosphere.

The behind the scenes portions need to be played realistically, but heightened - leaning slightly towards the soap opera world. The actors need to remember that they are only on a two or three minute break from a live broadcast (even though it tends to be longer in real time), so the energy needs to stay up. Also, keeping the two different worlds alive at the same time is recommended; this means that while there is a scene going on in the office (S.R. for example), the crew should continue to do their work, setting the podiums for the next round of the game etc., but in dim light and in a way that does not pull focus.

The game portions with the audience tend to play nicely, as people enjoy the improvised feeling from the host, as well as the competition of the game itself. Keeping the audience from yelling out answers is something that will need to be monitored each round, and dealing with the occasional cheater will most likely occur. As for the trivia, we encourage you write some of your own, to update as well as to incorporate local or regional trivia. In Rounds 1, 2 and 3 - including a question or two that sounds slightly risqué can be fun. The Speed Round should just be random, short trivia questions that cover a wide range of topics. The writing of the Grand Prize Puzzlers is a little trickier, and it might take some time to come up with ones that work. Finding the right overall subject, and then making the clues specific but placing them in an order that doesn’t allow them to know the answer until the next to last or last clue is given. We also think that if the majority of the questions are Pop Culture references, it keeps it a fun atmosphere, as opposed to getting into the Jeopardy level of difficulty. Also, changing or updating the names of various game shows or game show hosts is okay – especially if the hosts are no longer living. Poking fun at celebrities who are often the butt of industry jokes is a cheap and easy way to go.

Many tech elements are briefly addressed above, but an area that is very important and will require some planning and organization, is all the game stuff during the show – getting the contestants up on the stage quickly, quietly and safely. Explaining how the buzzers and writing works, and having them exit quickly and safely too. Erasing and re-setting the dry erase boards (if that’s what you use), making sure the markers all work, telling them to write BIG – all of these things need to run like clockwork. Johnny, Steve and Ellen are the likely ones to handle much of this. But Joe and Gerry can also take care of some of the props in between rounds. It just requires some expert stage managerial skills.

Good luck and have fun!

Jeffrey Finn & Bob Walton

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A CD containing the GAME SHOW Theme Song and all SFX is included.

Game Show Theme

Show Statistics

One Act

Running time: 90 minutes

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Game Show

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Casting Information

Who's Who at America's Favorite and Longest-Running TV Game Show:

From coast to coast and around the world, everyone knows and loves Troy Richards, America's favorite TV game show host. But for those unfamiliar with the behind-the-scenes members of the GAME SHOW family, we also offer an exclusive peek at some of the important people that make America's favorite TV game show happen every day:

TROY RICHARDS (Your Host) is one of the best-known personalities on television today, having hosted GAME SHOW for the past 15 years. He is now happily married to Stephanie Brooks, a former flight attendant, and they have three daughters (from one of his previous marriages): Alexa, Tiffany and Tricia. Prior to becoming America’s favorite TV game show host, Troy spent 10 years portraying Dr. Vance Vanderbilt on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, for which he was nominated for 6 Daytime Emmy Awards. Troy credits his GAME SHOW popularity to his dear friend and mentor, former GAME SHOW host Clay Phillips, whose mysterious and untimely demise will be featured on an upcoming episode of E! Entertainment’s MYSTERIES AND SCANDALS.

TYLER SCOTT (Executive Producer) has been the Executive Producer of GAME SHOW for the past 15 years. He started in the business as personal assistant to Merv Griffin and his producing credits include WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEOPARDY. In his spare time, Tyler directs community theater productions, most recently newly-conceived productions of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and THE MUSIC MAN, both blessed to have his wife Connie Scott as leading lady. Tyler resides in Beverly Hills with the multi-talented Mrs. Scott and their two beautiful children.

CLIFF ANDREWS (Director) is pleased to have recently joined GAME SHOW after supervising the original pilot episode of WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? for ABC. Cliff’s directing credits include LOVE CONNECTION and FAMILY FEUD and is currently pitching the networks on a new movie of the week, based on the true story of an anorexic twin looking for her Olympic-gymnast, sex-changed, sister/brother.

ELLEN RYAN (Line Producer) started her career as an actress on Broadway in the chorus of the legendary musical, MARILYN: AN AMERICAN FABLE. Upon relocating to Hollywood after the close of the show, Ellen landed a job as second assistant producer on the hit show TJ HOOKER. Quickly rising the network corporate ladder, Ellen’s television producing credits include: DAYS OF OUR LIVES (where she first worked with Troy Richards), MELROSE PLACE, SUNSET BEACH and PASSIONS. Her shows have collectively been nominated for a total of 16 Emmy Awards, but no wins – yet.

STEVE FOX (Assistant Producer and Warm-up Man) has entertained audiences from coast to coast in all of the nation’s top comedy clubs. He has been warming-up the audiences of GAME SHOW for the past four seasons. Steve would like to ask his friends David Letterman and Jay Leno to stop stealing his material!

GERRY SMITH (Camera #1) enjoys sports and cooking and is a TV sitcom trivia expert. He dedicates his work on GAME SHOW to the legendary Ann B. Davis and all things Brady. Ladies, he is single.

JOE MAGUIRE (Camera #2) has been a proud member of IATSE for 25 years. One of the original cameramen on THE NEWLYWED GAME, he has worked on over 150 TV shows, films and documentaries. In his spare time, Joe can be found at Off-Track Betting. Joe lives in Hoboken, NJ with his two dogs (and his wife).

JOHNNY WILDERMAN (Production Assistant) has always dreamed of working on a TV game show. He's spent his life hanging around network sound stages, and most recently interned on MTV's THE REAL WORLD - New Orleans. Johnny has been with GAME SHOW for two seasons and dreams of one day seeing his name in lights. He studies acting online at The Chuck Barris Institute.