288 S Second St, San Jose, CA

Thanks for Playing!
The Game Show Show

07/22/2023 – 08/20/2023

Created by Shannon, Scott, and Stephen Guggenheim
Conceived by Scott Evan Guggenheim
Book & Lyrics by Shannon Guggenheim
Music by Shannon Guggenheim, Stephen Guggenheim, and Thomas Tomasello
Orchestrations by Thomas Tomasello

Produced and Directed by Scott Evan Guggenheim
Musical Direction by Stephen Guggenheim
Choreographed by Shannon Guggenheim

Title Song Teaser!

Take a listen to one of the groovy songs in THANKS FOR PLAYING! THE GAME SHOW SHOW! Then, get your tickets today to hear the whole score!


Night after night in the 1950s and ’60s, network game shows kept Americans glued to their sets waiting to see who would become the next big winner. With original music that celebrates a bygone era, audience participation, unpredictable contestants, and fabulous prizes, THANKS FOR PLAYING! brings this fast-paced world to life. This original musical is a kick for anyone who loves TV game shows like “What’s My Line,” “Price is Right,” “Queen for a Day,” “Beat the Clock,” “I’ve Got a Secret” and “Match Game.” The creators pay homage to all of those game shows and many more in this new musical, which combines the excitement of live TV game shows with the scandal of the 1950s rigged quiz show investigations. 

“Gleefully Kitschy” ~ Metro Silicon Valley

You won’t want to miss this original musical with catchy songs, era- perfect sets and costumes, and unpredictable audience participation that adds an extra dimension of fun allowing a few members of the audience onto the stage to literally play the game. It’s so much fun you’ll laugh your blank off! 

  • Tickets

    Admission: $25 – $55

    $55 Regular

    $50 Students, seniors, educators, and military

    $45 Youth

    $25 for Previews

    Group Discounts and Fundraising Opportunities available | Learn more

    There is a per-ticket box office fee charged at checkout that goes toward covering box office service provider and merchant service provider costs. Fees are waived for San Jose Playhouse Series Subscribers, a benefit of subscribing to a series in advance.
  • Showtimes

    Thursdays at 7:30pm 

    Fridays at 7:30pm

    Saturdays at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

    Sundays at 2:30

    No Saturday matinee on July 22

    Post-show Talk-backs: Thursday, July 27 & Thursday, August 10

  • Length

    Game Show! runs 2 hours and 15 minutes including one 15 minute intermission. 

  • Awards

    2012 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Awards Winners Announced – THE GAME SHOW SHOW Wins Big!

    Best Local Musical The Game Show Show! – The Retro Dome!

    Best Direction of a Musical Scott Guggenheim – Thanks for Playing the Game Show Show

    Best Choreography Shannon Guggenheim – The Game Show Show! 

    Best Leading Actor in a Musical Stephen Guggenheim – The Game Show Show!

    Best Leading Actress in a Musical Shannon Guggenheim – Thanks for Playing the Game Show Show

    Best Costume Design Julie Engelbrecht – The Game Show Show! – Retro Dome

    Voted Stand-out New Work by Silicon Valley Small Venue Theatre Awards

  • Age Guide

    Thanks for Playing! The Game Show Show is recommended for guests age 8 and up


Set and Costume Design by Julie Engelbrecht
Lighting Design Jon Gourdine


Stephen Guggenheim*
William “Bill” Todson
Shannon Guggenheim*
Francis “Frankie” Marks
Ric Iverson*
Fred “Tripp” McMurray
Susan Gundunas*
Helen Hart
Jackson Davis*
Charlie Nelson
Krista Wigle*
Betty Gold
Nicholas Tabora*
Johnny Magic / Jack Parker
Osher Fine
Joyce Carlisle / Miss Dawson / Mrs. Miller
Julie Engelbrecht
Set and Costume Designer
Jon Gourdine
Lighting Designer
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

Originally Produced and Directed for the Stage by Scott Evan Guggenheim for The Retro Dome in San Jose, California 

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