Classic game show sells out


Sofia Syed

Rich Fields, the show’s announcer, welcomes the audience on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

By Zaina Salem, Managing Editor

Television’s classic game show made its way to The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

The Price is Right Live is an interactive stage version of the television show that allows audience members the chance to win big prizes. Playing to audiences around the country, The Price is Right Live has sold more than 1.2 million tickets and given away more than $10 million in cash and prizes.

Rich Fields, the announcer behind the voice of the famous “come on down!” catchphrase, introduced the show to a crowd of around 3,000 people. Fields taught the audience the gameplay of the show, explaining how he will call out four randomly-selected names of people in the audience at a time. The four contestants compete against each other by bidding on a prize shown. Whoever’s bid is closest without going over the actual retail price will win that prize and get to play that round’s pricing game.

Fields then introduced the show’s host, Emmy-winning Todd Newton. Newton is known for his work on E! Entertainment Television for a decade and also hosting game shows such as “Whammy,” “Hollywood Showdown,” “Gameshow Marathon,” and currently, “Family Game Night.”

Lucky audience members played games from the classic television show such as “Punch a bug,” “Cliffhanger,” “Any Number,” “Hole in One,” “Plinko,” and even got a chance to spin the “Big Wheel.” Prizes included an electric guitar, an iPad Air with Beats headphones, a flat screen television with a Playstation 4, kitchen appliances, $400 in cash, an electric scooter, and a trip to Las Vegas with a stay in the Bellagio. Newton also periodically called out audience members who automatically won $25 gift cards.

In the final round called the “Showcase Showdown,” two new audience members were chosen to bid on a prize package that included a trip to Las Vegas, a trip to Hawaii, and a brand new 2015 Nissan car. However, both contestants overbid and neither won the package.

The sold-out show attracted people from various parts of the country, including Jared Cauffield and Danica Perino, a newly-engaged couple from Los Angeles.

“We just recently got engaged, and then Jared’s mom, Jenny and her husband, Jim surprised us with this for Christmas. We tried to go on the show out there but were late,“ Perino said.

Other audience members were close to home. Linda Grimm from Kent came with her grandma, aunt, and cousins.

“My favorite part about the show was that people who were actually in the audience won prizes,” Grimm said.

The Price is Right is the longest running game show in television history, airing for more than 40 years. Its first airing on NBC was in 1972 and hosted by Bob Barker. In 2007, at the age of 83, Barker retired after winning 19 Emmy awards for the show. Drew Carey took over Barker’s place and is currently the show’s host.

The Price is Right has given away more than $500 million in prizes and averages nearly five million viewers per season.