Posted By Kathleen David on September 29, 2007
Through some strange means that either involved people I know or just sheer dumb luck, I got four tickets to a taping of Wheel of Fortune at Radio City Musical Hall this past Friday. I didn’t really look at the tickets when I got them however we had VIP passes for the show. We got there about an hour and half before the doors were going to open and it was a good thing we did since we found ourselves ushered into the lobby of Radio City Music Hall where we watched the previous show being taped. We were seated about 6 rows back from the stage where we had a great view of everything going on. I found myself dropping back in to stage management mode while watching the activity going on around me and analyzing the set up.
Vanna had some mike problems that seem to be attached to the dress that she was wearing for the first taping. Her mike worked until she put the dress on and then it just stopped. They tried 3 different body mikes and each time it worked until the dress got on it. Looking at the dress, which looked a lot like the sparkly purple dress Miss Piggy wore, I could see it might interfere with the mike. The second dress (for the taping of the second show) didn’t have that problem.
Pat came out and played nice with the audience as did Charlie O’Donnell (the announcer). They answered questions and were very funny. They distracted the audience from some of the minor problems they were having on stage especially with one of the main cameras and another mike. They seem to be having quite a few of sound problems.
The audience didn’t blow any of the puzzles so there were no do-overs. The audience couldn’t believe that one group didn’t get the final puzzle considering they pulled some great letters.
The shows will air until the title of “Best Friends” week in November. I believe the first show we taped was 11/8 with the second show 11/9 (Thursday and Friday)
I am grateful that we went and saw this.