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Sunday, May 26, 2019

'Double Dare Live' Announces Spring 2019 Tour Dates


Double Dare Live, Produced in Partnership with
Red Tail Productions, LLC and CB Entertainment, to Visit
More Cities Across North America This Spring

Tickets on Sale Friday, Jan. 25

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Red Tail Productions LLC and Charlie Blum Entertainment/CB Entertainment, in partnership with Nickelodeon, have announced new tour dates for Double Dare Live, a multi-city live stage tour inspired by the iconic TV game show Double Dare!

Update (4/12) - Fall/Winter 2019 dates now available!

Coming off of a successful fall 2018 tour, Double Dare Live – featuring original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo – will resume touring on Tuesday, March 26 in Lancaster, PA and will tour North America this Spring, playing in 30 North American cities along the way!

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. For a limited time, fans subscribed to the official DD Fan Club can purchase tickets right now, ensuring that they get the to the best seats in the house, using the club's exclusive early access pre-sale system. Check your email inbox now!

Update (2/4): Double Dare Live has just added 14 more locations and 15 more performances to its itinerary! Tickets for the new dates and locations, below, go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. (local time). Fans subscribed to the official DD Fan Club will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets during a limited 24 hour window from Tuesday, February 5, 2019 starting at 10:00am local time, ensuring that they get the to the best seats in the house, using the club's exclusive early access pre-sale system. Check your email inbox now!

Fans can visit for a list of upcoming Double Dare Live tour cities, times and ticket information.

Inspired by the iconic TV game show Double Dare, Double Dare Live features two teams comprised of selected audience members competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy physical challenges, and ultimately facing the legendary obstacle course.

Attendees can register to be a contestant on Double Dare Live by completing the Official Rules and Waiver Form on Participants must be 10 years or older to be eligible to be Contestants. Only persons 18 years or older can complete the Waiver Form; a parent or legal guardian 18 years or older must complete the Official Rules and Waiver Form for children under 18 years of age. When you’ve read, completed and signed the Waiver Form, hit ‘Submit’ and it will be entered into the database for each city. When you arrive at the venue, go to the Registration Table to verify that you’ve completed Official Rules and Waiver form, and present a valid photo ID and you and any family members that you registered will be given wrist bands which indicate to the show’s host that you are eligible to be a contestant on stage. Please wear athletic shoes if you hope to be called on stage.

Fans can also upgrade their tickets to the DD VIP Experience, featuring premium show seating, a pre-show meet & greet photo opportunity with Marc Summers and Robin Russo, and an official Double Dare Live tour laminate souvenir. There are a limited number of DD VIP Experience tickets which must be purchased in advance. They are designated as ‘VIP Tickets’ in each city’s ticketing system. Purchasers should plan to arrive at the theatre approximately 90 minutes in advance of the show start time. (Check for exact details when you purchase tickets, since timing changes slightly from city to city.) Each adult and child in a group must have a DD VIP Ticket. Go to the check-in table and pick up your DD VIP laminate. Patrons will be directed to the meet & greet which ends approximately 30 minutes prior to show start time. Latecomers risk missing the opportunity.

The highly anticipated return of the Double Dare series premiered in the summer of 2018 on Nickelodeon and ranked as the year’s No. 1 new kids show with kids 6-11, while retaining the core adult audience who grew up with the original television show. The new Double Dare is hosted by digital creator and actress Liza Koshy, with original host Marc Summers providing color commentary on the challenges and lending his vast knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode. Following the success of the first season, a second season is currently in pre-production, and is set to be filmed in L.A. Click here for details on how you can be on the show!

“Hosting the Double Dare Live tour couldn’t be any more exciting, and I look forward to continuing to bring the fun and messiness of ‘Double Dare’ to audiences across the country,” Summers said. “Doing the show again with my sidekick Robin will fulfill childhood dreams of the generation that grew up with us and introduce this classic show to the next generation.”


Lancaster, PA
American Music Theatre
3/26/2019 @ 7:30pm

Newark, NJ
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
3/27/2019 @ 7:00pm
Previous date rescheduled due to snow storm. Sold Out.

Philadelphia, PA
Kimmel Center
3/28/2019 @ 7:30pm
3/29/2019 @ 8:00pm

Lynn, MA
The Lynn Auditorium
3/30/2019 @ 7:00pm

Red Bank, NJ
Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center for the Arts
3/31/2019 @ 7:00pm

Hartford, CT
Bushnell Theatre
4/2/2019 @ 7:30pm
Previous date rescheduled. On Sale Now.

New York, NY
Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
4/3/2019 @ 8:30pm

Wilkes-Barre, PA
F.M. Kirby Center
4/5/2019 @ 7:30pm

Huntington, WV
Big Sandy Superstore Arena
4/6/2019 @ 7:30pm

Louisville, KY
The Louisville Palace Theatre
4/7/2019 @ 6:00pm

New Orleans, LA
Saenger Theatre
4/9/19 @ 7:00pm

San Antonio, TX
Majestic Theatre
4/10/2019 @ 7:30pm

Sugar Land, TX
Smart Financial Centre
4/11/2019 @ 8:00pm

Grand Prairie, TX
The Theatre at Grand Prairie
4/13/2019 @ 7:00pm

Austin, TX
Bass Concert Hall
4/14/2019 @ 7:00pm

Minneapolis, MI
The State Theatre
5/1/2019 @ 7:30pm

Green Bay, WI
Resch Center Theatre
5/2/2019 @ 7:30pm

Waukegan, IL
The Genesee Theatre
5/3/2019 @ 7:30pm

Springfield, MO
Juanita K. Hammons Hall
5/4/2019 @ 7:30pm

Peoria, IL
Peoria Civic Center Theatre
5/5/2019 @ 7:00pm

St. Louis. MO
Fabulous Fox Theatre
5/7/2019 @ 7:30pm

Atlanta, GA
Fox Theatre
5/9/2019 @ 7:30pm

Orlando, FL
Bob Carr Theater
5/10/2019 @ 8:00pm

Clearwater, FL
Ruth Eckerd Hall
5/11/2019 @ 8:00pm

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Broward Center – Au Rene Theater
5/12/2019 @ 7:30pm

Detroit, MI
Fox Theatre
5/15/2019 @ 7:00pm

Akron, OH
Akron Civic Theatre
5/16/2019 @ 8:00pm

Indiana, PA
Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex
5/17/2019 @ 8:00pm

Providence, RI
Providence Performing Arts Center
5/18/2019 @ 7:00pm

Morristown, NJ
Mayo Performing Arts Center
5/19/2019 @ 1:00pm
5/19/2019 @ 7:00pm

Additional dates include: Boston, MA; New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX; Dallas, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Clearwater, FL; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Detroit, MI; Akron, OH; Indiana, PA; Providence, RI; and Morristown, NJ.

Don't see your city?

The 2019 touring schedule will be updated regularly as dates are made public in each city. Several weeks of additional spring tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more cities soon!

Fans can also purchase awesome Double Dare Live swag here on the official Double Dare Live store.

Double Dare premiered on Oct. 6, 1986 on Nickelodeon and ran from 1986-1993, making it the network’s longest running game show. Summers served as the show’s original host from 1986-1993. Shortly after its debut, Double Dare became one of the most popular original daily programs on cable television. The series went into syndication in 1988 and was later revived as Super Sloppy Double Dare in 1989. The show also ran on broadcast television as Family Double Dare in 1988, followed by new versions on Nickelodeon, including Double Dare 2000.

Double Dare Live is produced by Red Tail Productions, LLC and CB Entertainment.

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Red Tail Productions, LLC

CEO Phillip Drayer and President Marc Engel produce and present a wide variety of entertainment throughout North America, including the acclaimed Broadway hit A Night with Janis Joplin (Tony Nomination), the spectacular Do You Hear the People Sing, Cirque Musica, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live and Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure. Through its division Red Tail-Live, the company has a tremendous track record of producing and presenting live entertainment in a variety of venues, theatres, performing arts centers and arenas throughout the U.S. and Canada presenting over a hundred events annually, spanning genres from Broadway Musicals to Country and Pop, to Classic Rock, Jazz and Comedy, and featuring heritage artists such as Tony Bennett, Alan Jackson, Norah Jones, Dolly Parton, Harry Connick, Jr., The Beach Boys, Bill Maher, and Martina McBride.

About CB Entertainment

Charlie Blum is a renowned entertainment industry executive with over 40 years of experience as a major concert promoter, talent buyer, theatre executive, television producer and artist manager. He served for almost three decades as President/CEO for Chicagoland’s premier concert facility, the Star Plaza Theatre, following more than ten years as a Vice President with the Nederlander Concerts. Charlie has worked with virtually every major artist in show business, presenting thousands of concerts featuring performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Garth Brooks, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, The Jackson Five, Christina Aguilera, The Grateful Dead, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Rod Stewart and Cher. He has executive-produced four nationally released PBS television shows, most recently, the groundbreaking “Harmonies 4 Healing” with partner Connecticut Public Broadcasting. Charlie is also the host of Lakeshore Classic Movies every weekend on PBS in Chicago.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 40th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

From Dallas Observer:

Double Dare’s Marc Summers Never Gets Tired of Hearing That He Made Your Childhood Awesome

When people see game show host and television producer Marc Summers outside of their TVs or childhood memories, he says he loves it when they come up to him, politely introduce themselves and tell him that they grew up watching him host Nickelodeon's messy kids' game show Double Dare.

"I get that every day and I love it," Summers says. "Because people grew up with it, the show had a huge influence on so many people and I find it amazing and fantastic."

Double Dare is more than 30 years old, and it's been part of the regular childhood TV diet of several generations of kids. Its multiple spinoffs, like the syndicated Super Sloppy Double Dare and Fox's prime-time version Family Double Dare and the reruns, aired long after the show's final episode. Last year, Nickelodeon brought the show back with Summers and YouTube comedy star turned TV host Liza Koshy for a whole new generation of kids and their parents who fondly remember rooting for contestants as they tried to find a flag in a giant pair of nostrils filled with neon green snot or run up the chocolate-covered slope to get to the bottom of the Sundae Slide.

The show has become such a big hit again that Nickelodeon launched a Double Dare Live tour just like the ones in the ’80s and ’90s. Summers and the game show's sets, props and obstacles are roaming all over the country to give kids and their parents a chance to win cash and prizes in their hometown. Summers' show will be in DFW on Saturday at The Theatre at Grand Prairie.

Summers says he's been trying to get Double Dare back on Nickelodeon for years. However, the tone of the network's non-animated shows shifted from rebellious kid fare like The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Clarissa Explains It All and You Can't Do That on Television to bubblegum pop comedies like iCarly, Big Time Rush and (cue shivers) Fred: The Show.

"I'd been trying to bring it back for 10 years and Nickelodeon wasn't budging on it," Summers says. "Then I saw they started thinking about picking up old shows like Blue's Clues and Clarissa and I just texted the management saying, 'Am I getting the next phone call?' And a few days later, I got an email saying, 'Give us a call.'"

Double Dare first appeared on TV schedules in 1986, starting a 10-year run that lasted long beyond its final episode in reruns. The show also helped bring the first big wave of watchers to Nickelodeon.

Summers, an Indiana native, had worked in Los Angeles as an actor, stand-up comedian and magician since the late 1970s before the network hired him to host the game show that pitted two teams of kids in a 30-minute game of trivia dares and messy physical challenges. Summers' smiling and sportive emcee style, splashy sport jackets and show-starting shouts of "On your mark, get set, go!" made him a perfect fit for the food-flinging game show that still bills itself as the messiest on television. Double Dare became one of the network's first certified hits right out of the starting gate.

"Back in the day when Nickelodeon was putting things together, they did a lot of research and found out that kids didn't have their own game show," Summers says. "They were living vicariously through their parents who were watching The Price is Right. So they decided that kids were already playing Truth or Dare on the playground back in the day and they added the mess and an obstacle course and it turned into what it turned into. Cable was in its infancy and Nick needed something to shout out big, 'Come and watch us!'"

“Cable was in its infancy and Nickelodeon needed something to shout out big, ‘Come and watch us!’ ” — Marc Summers

Double Dare also made Summers an emcee TV star. He scored guest appearances across cable TV and the networks on other game shows, hosted his own talk shows and made guest appearances on late night talk shows.

His infamous appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next to a notably cranky Burt Reynolds led to a series of verbal jabs about the late movie star's recent divorce and Summers' career before they poured mugs of water on each other and ended the bizarre segment with a pie fight and a hug.

The show's wild success prompted the first live tour to theaters where kids could get up on stage and make a mess for cash and prizes. However, the prizes they offered on the live tour weren't all that impressive, something Summers says he remarked on into his microphone at one of the live shows at which the sponsor was sitting in the audience.

"We would give away trips to Space Camp and on Fox, we were giving away cars and trips to Europe so I would say, 'If you get through obstacle No. 1, you get a box of Blow Pops and if you get through obstacle No. 2, we'll give you tickets to a movie.' And there was a sponsor that I can't name right now but it was a national sponsor who was in the audience and they didn't tell me," Summers says. "I said they would win a $10 gift certificate to this place and I looked down at the audience because I saw the Nickelodeon executives were there and I said, 'Come on, we can do better than this,' and they freaked out."

Summers says he's sure every contestant will be happy with the prizes on his current tour.

"Now we're giving away cash," he says. "People always like money."

The show also gave Summers a long-lasting television career in front of the camera as a host of shows like the long-running food documentary series Unwrapped on the Food Network and behind the camera as a producer on reality shows like Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible. He also appears in an upcoming nature documentary series for the Discovery Channel. Summers says his son and daughter have also followed his footsteps into the TV business as a TV producer and editor, respectively.

"I'll be 68 in November, and I always feel like I've never worked a day in my life," Summers says. "I'll keep going and people seem to keep coming and I guess they'll tell me when it's time to stop."

“I'll be 68 in November, and I always feel like I've never worked a day in my life.” — Marc Summers

Nickelodeon celebrated Double Dare's 30th anniversary in 2016 and brought Summers, announcer John Harvey and co-host and production assistant Robin Russo back together for a reunion special. Nickelodeon's new management started to commission reboots of some of the show's most memorable programs, like the sitcom Clarissa Explains It All starring Melissa Joan Hart and All That, which launched the TV comedy career of Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson, who is an executive producer of the kids' sketch show revival, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A new Double Dare launched in 2018 that looks and sounds just like the original show, with a theme song that pumps out guitar riffs like a semi-auto confetti cannon and a loud, color-clashing set that the fashion conscious called "cool" in the '80s. Summers says the show reaches two audiences at once now with the lively Koshy as its new host for the YouTube generation and Summers as her co-host for the adults who grew up watching him.

"It was very smart because Liza has 15 or 20 million viewers through YouTube and there's a whole generation who don't know who she is but know who I am and vice versa," Summers says. "She's very open and sweet about taking direction, and very respectful. We’re actually really good friends. She comes to me for advice and it's worked out quite well. Not anybody can just walk in and do a game show even after being trained. It ain’t that easy, but she's incredibly bright and very funny and she picked it up in a nanosecond."

The live tour that was spawned by the show's most recent success picks both kids and adults in the crowd as contestants. Summers says each live show gives him an even more unique opportunity to see how Double Dare has grown over the last 33 years.

"When we raise the curtain and they see the set for the first time, we get a huge scream and people go crazy. And then we reveal the next curtain and the obstacle course comes out," Summers says. "The thing I love about it is even though we're only bringing 60 to 70 people up, everyone walks out feeling good and feeling participatory and involved. It's fascinating."

The tour also gives Summers a chance to meet fans who now span two generations of TV watchers, he says.

"A lot of times, there will be four grown-ups and I'll say, 'Where are the kids?' and they say, 'Oh heck, we left them at home,'" Summers says. "They all have stories about how we built an obstacle course in the living room and how Mom sent me to my room for a week. Everyone has a story and it's fascinating. I'm learning on this tour the impact of this show, and it's truly fascinating to me.

"People will say, 'Oh you probably don't want to hear this.' I do want to hear it. The fact that anybody remembers is great."


From FOX 5 Atlanta:

Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare Live' in Atlanta

"Double Dare Live" host Marc Summers stops by Good Day Atlanta to talk about Thursday night's big live show at the Fox Theatre.

He recounts how the show got started, and why the show was so important during its time.

For more information click here.


From Alternative Press:


He really went after the challenge.

Frank Iero appeared on Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live to take part in a physical challenge involving quite a lot.

The challenge involved passing balloons on plungers, and Iero ended up beating two strangers.

Before the actual event started, he talked to host Marc Summers about the strange resemblance he has to one of his family members.

“Everybody used to say that you look just like my dad,” he said, adding that they’re both handsome.

Then, he faced off against his two opponents. He shared a video of his win on Instagram, and you can hear his two children cheering him on from the stands.

“Sometimes you have to wait 30 years but your dream finally comes true ….and you get to destroy two young strangers on a Double Dare physical challenge in front of a live studio audience. (while your kids cheer you on!),” he wrote in the caption.

Check out the video below.

Earlier this year, Pete Wentz made a guest appearance on Double Dare and really got slimed.

The game show originally aired from 1986 to 1993. It has been revived twice, once in 2000 and again last year with a second season airing this month.


From WFNI ESPN 107.5 / 1070 The Fan | Indy's SportsCenter:


The Borg-Warner Trophy was on display during the 500 Festival Parade on May 26, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana

Celebrities rolling into town this weekend. Television host Marc Summers joins JMV as he joins in on the 500 festivities.

With the Indianapolis 500 coming up, many celebrities have come into town to join in on the celebrities and even be involved in the race. North Central native Marc Summers who is now been a television host for many different reality shows will be apart of the Indy 500 parade. He talks to JMV to give interesting scoops into the wild world of Hollywood as well as to tallk about his excitement to come back home to Indy and be back to the speedway.

How excited are you to be back in Indy and to be able to be apart of the Indy 500 parade?

"I am very excited, years ago I wanted be part of the parade when my show Double Dare got gigantic. There was someone directing the talent for who gets to be in the parade so I called up and asked if I could be in it, and the woman told me in quote that I was not famous enough and I would never be in the Indy 500 parade. So when they called me this year, I was so excited. At almost 68 years old, to come home and ride down Meridian Street and be in the Indy 500 parade. First time I went to the track was in third grade at Delaware Trail School it was a mandatory event. I was there the day Tony Bettenhausen got killed in practice. That stayed in my mind for a long time and I've been to many races. I'm bringing my son and my brother with me. Two boys from Indiana ready to get back home."

How did you get the big breakthrough of getting to be the host of the popular show Double Dare?

"It started in 1986, I moved to Los Angeles in 1973. It took me thirteen years to get my first national show. I was a magician, I was working at a place called the magic castle doing magic shows. And then I became a regular at the Comedy Store in 1976. I started at the sametime as Dave, Jay, Robin, and Garry Schandling. We were all there around the same time. And then I started doing warmups on television shows. I was auditioning constantly, but because I was trying to be a game show host they said to come back when I had grey hair and wrinkles. But Nickelodeon was this kids' network, they were looking for someone with a younger look at the time and although I was 34 back in the day I looked about ten years younger. They had auditions of about 2,000 people and I ended up with the job and it changed my life forever."

Tune in hear to listen to everything that JMV and Marc Summers talked about as they were able to joke around about everything from Hollywood to the 500.


From 13 WTHR Indianapolis:

Celebrities wave to IPL 500 Festival Parade crowd in downtown Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Celebrities and dignitaries made an appearance in downtown Indianapolis for the annual Memorial Day weekend parade.

Mark Summers is host of the popular Nickelodeon show "Double Dare." (Phil Cannelongo)

The 2019 IPL 500 Festival Parade's grand marshal was Sam Schmidt, the co-owner of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Schmidt suffered a spinal cord injury while practicing for the 2000 season opening race at Walt Disney World Speedway. In response, he created the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF). The foundation's project, Conquer Paralysis Now, is dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis.

Also appearing was Indianapolis native Marc Summers. Summers was a central Indiana broadcaster before becoming a national name as the host of Nickelodeon's "Double Dare." He is also the host of the Food Network's "Unwrapped."

Jerry Mathers, better known as Theodore "the Beaver" Cleaver from the TV classic "Leave it to Beaver" was downtown for the parade.

A familiar duo from NBC's The Voice performed at the parade. Zach and Colton Swon, better known as The Swon Brothers, was the parade's opening act.

Hershel "Woody" Williams is a Medal of Honor Recipient who appeared at the parade.

IU alum Jim Cornelison was back in the parade this year. He'll sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday.

Disney Channel actor Jake Short appeared in the 2019 parade.

Jackson Robert Scott had a breakout role as Georgie in the 2017 remake of "It."

NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Davis is a race fan who said he looks forward to Sunday's race.

Florida Girls actress Patty Guggenheim is an Indianapolis native who participated in the IPL 500 Festival Parade.


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Originally published: Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Additional sources: NEPA Scene, Broadway World (II), MLive.
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