Monday, 1 February 2010

A Little Bit Wicked

Title: A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love and Faith in Stages

Authors: Kristin Chenoweth (with Joni Rodgers)

Type: Autobiography

Pages: 224

Originally Published: April 2009

Synopsis: Kristin Chenoweth is known for being the pint sized Broadway performer, leading lady in her short-lived TV sitcom "Kristin" as well as Ms Noodle from Sesame Street and many other show biz endeavors. She might be tiny (at only 4'11" tall) but she definitely can belt out a tune and hold her own on any stage. From the smash hit musical "Wicked", to winning a Tony for "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" to her roles in "The West Wing" and "Pushing Daisies", Chenoweth has proven she's a versatile performer.

Chenoweth details her life from small town Oklahoma, to participating in beauty pagents (which are vertically biased) to getting her Masters degree in opera to falling into the role of Broadway leading lady. She lets the reader know how her faith and family have kept her grounded in reality while she lives in the dysfunctional world of show biz.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book. For some reason Chenoweth has always intrigued me. I've seen her in a few things but unfortunately never on stage. This book helped me to learn a lot more about this very talented actress and I truly enjoyed her sense of humour.
Some parts of the book dragged a bit but I think that's because I'm not as well versed (obviously) in Broadway-speak as Ms Chenoweth. At some points in the book I actually laughed out loud (refer to page 51 entitled "How I Acquired the Semimagical Power to Predict Weather with my Cooter"!!).
Chenoweth personality seems to shine through and reading the book feels like she's chatting with one of her girlfriends. Her faith is also a big part of the book. She doesn't come off as preachy or 'holier-than-thou' as some people have criticized -- in my opinion anyway. Her faith is a huge part of who she is and to not include it in her autobiography just wouldn't be a full picture of who Chenoweth truly is.
This book has heart and humour. A good read.

My Rating: 3.5/5 (a good read)

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