A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth

October 25, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): A lively, laugh-out-loud journey from Oklahoma beauty queen to show biz sensation.”Life’s too short. I’m not.”You might know her as a Tony Award–winning Broadway star who originated the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the smash musical Wicked. Or you may recognize her from her starring roles on TV—The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, and Sesame Street. At four foot eleven, Kristin Chenoweth is an immense talent in a petite but powerful package. Through a combination of talent, hard work, and (she’s quick to add) the grace of God, Kristin took Broadway and Hollywood by storm. But of course, into every storm, the occasional drizzle of disaster must fall, and Kristin reflects on how faith and family have kept her grounded, even in tough times.Filled with wit, wisdom, and backstage insight, A Little Bit Wicked is long on love and short on sleep. It’s essential reading for Kristin’s legions of fans and an uplifting story for anyone seeking motivation to follow his or her dreams—over the rainbow and beyond.FEATURING CHENOLICIOUS RECIPES, KRISTIN’S ADVICE FOR YOUNG ACTORS, AND MUCH MORE!

Liked:

  • This book is just how I imagine Kristin to be in real life: bubbly, fun, energetic, and entertaining. I am not even a particularly big Kristin fan, knowing her only from her work on TV dramas rather than comedy or Broadway, but I still enjoyed A Little Bit Wicked immensely.
  • I listened to the audiobook version, which was read by Kristin herself. Though she doesn’t sing, it was still like getting a private performance or having her tell me her life story over coffee. Hearing her words in her own voice instead of mine made a big difference.
  • From all the mentions of BFF Denny Downs (and even his two voice appearances), you can just tell that Kristin is a loyal and loving person. I always appreciate celebs more when they still surround themselves with the friends they had before they made it big.
  • This book made me like Kristin Chenoweth a great deal. I’ve been watching as many YouTube videos of her as I can find, and think that she is just a genuine, down-to-earth person.

Disliked:

  • I was hoping for more behind-the-scenes scoops on her various TV and Broadway projects. For example, even though “Wicked” appears in the title and she talked about workshopping the musical, she really didn’t spend all that much time on it. Same thing with The West Wing. She mentions a few people and related some touching anecdotes about John Spencer, but didn’t go as in-depth as I had hoped.

Rating:

I don’t read very many showbiz memoirs, but borrowed A Little Bit Wicked from my local library because it was sitting out on a table near the checkout line. I was subsequently treated to a highly entertaining glimpse at the life of an accomplished stage, television, and film actress who also seems to be an extremely kind and caring person. You can’t help but get swept up in Kristin’s effervescent reading of the audiobook version, and will come away with a whole new appreciation of her. I give the book 4 stars out of 5.

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