Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth with Joni Rodgers

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

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.

My thoughts:
I love being able to look into someone else's life and see how they live, what they love and how they deal with the highs and lows.  Chenoweth was fun to read about.  From her time with her family, the one who adopted her as a baby, to her time in Oklahoma learning to hone her voice, to Broadway and LA and planes and more, she was able to find the fun and humorous in even the not so great moments of life.  She is very grounded in her friendships and her faith, and she does not hide her faith from anyone.

I think sometimes seeing someone onstage or on TV or in a movie makes it seem like they lead a charmed and easy life, but no one got where they are without putting in effort and hard work and suffering rejection.  It is nice to hear someone else be candid about not getting a part, being passed over or not coming in first, to put some everyday obstacles into perspective.  I've never seen Wicked or watched The West Wing, I saw a couple episodes of Pushing Daisy's and never even heard of Kristin's talk show based on her life, but I enjoyed her book.  I almost think it made it better that I didn't have any preconceived notion of who Chenoweth is based on the roles she has played.

Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781416580560
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 246

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