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Fans of the popular game show "Double Dare" will want to be in the audience for all the gooey fun and shenanigans when the live version of the production comes to Rosemont.

"Double Dare Live!" will be presented Nov. 10 at Rosemont Theatre. The show stars original "Double Dare" host Marc Summers along with Robin Russo, who was Summers sidekick on the Nickelodeon game show.

"It's a nostalgic show for me," said host Marc Summers, during a recent telephone interview. Summers, a native of Indianapolis, said the TV show, which originally ran on Nickelodeon from 1986 to 1993, holds a special place in the hearts of multiple generations.

He said the live show brings out an enthusiastic audience. Throughout the show, he explained, there's a "fever pitch" in the audience as their excitement can't be contained.

"This is a big audience participation show," Summers said, adding that about 70 people have the opportunity to be on stage throughout the production.

"Double Dare Live" features two teams who compete against each other in everything from answering questions and navigating an obstacle course to doing a variety of physical and whimsical challenges.

Entertainment producer Charlie Blum of CB Entertainment, Red Tail Productions and LLC are co-producing Nickelodeon's "Double Dare Live" Tour.

Blum, former President/CEO of the former Star Plaza Theatre, said he's having a blast working with Summers on this tour.

"It's quite a fun experience for me," said Blum, adding that he and Summers have become good friends through the years. Blum said he met Summers for the first time in 1991 when Star Plaza Theater brought "Double Dare Live" in for a production. "It was also our first venture with Star Productions outside of the Star Plaza Theatre," Blum said, adding they also brought it to the former Rosemont Horizon.

While "Double Dare Live" attracts the 40 and 50-year olds who watched it back in the day, Blum said those fans are also bringing their kids to the theater for the show. It's quite the multi-generational audience.

Summers said there's something special about the "Double Dare" show that really keeps attracting audiences.

"It takes us back to a time that was simple. It's so old school," Summers said. When the show debuted,  there were no other major digital distractions such as iPads, all kinds of social media and other technology.

Summers said he's also having fun traveling around the country with Blum for this tour.

"So far we've been on a bus together for nine days. We're just laughing all the time," Summers said.

A new "Double Dare" series began on TV this summer and features Liza Koshy as host with Summers also providing commentary for the shows.

Summers said he's happy to be bringing the live show to people and glad to be meeting the fans.

"I love seeing the smiles on the faces of all the people," he said.

FYI: "Double Dare Live" will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Visit for more information.


Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.