Book Reviews

A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth and Joni Rodgers

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Synopsis

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 and won a Tony for 1999’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Or you may recognize her from her starring roles on TV — The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Sesame Street…oh, and her Huge Hit Sitcom Kristin on NBC. (Huge hit. L.A. breast-implant huge. Ask either of the people who watched it.) Or maybe you saw her sexy spread in FHM magazine? Or her appearance on Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club? Kristin is a wonderful collection of contradictions — but everyone who’s ever met her remembers her as the little girl with the big voice. At four foot eleven, Kristin Chenoweth is an immense talent in a petite but powerful package.

In this lively, laugh-out-loud book, Kristin shares her journey from Oklahoma beauty queen to Broadway leading lady, reflecting on how faith and family have kept her grounded in the dysfunctional rodeo of show biz. The daughter of an engineer and a nurse, Kristin was singing in front of thousands at Baptist conventions by age twelve and winning beauty pageants by age twenty-two. (Well, actually she was second runner-up almost every freaking time. But, hey, she’s not bitter.) On her way to a career as a professional opera singer, she stopped in New York to visit a friend and went on a whim to an audition. Through a combination of talent, hard work, and (she’s quick to add) the grace of God, Kristin took Broadway by storm. But of course, into every storm, the occasional drizzle of disaster must fall.

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 Review

Anyone who is a fan of Kristin Chenoweth should run – not walk – to get this book. The stories she told in it made me love her so much more than I already did. And I really liked her! She bared her faith, her love for her family, her love for her friends who are like her family and even her relationships. Of course she went into her work over the years. Especially her sitcom “Kristin” which was a huge hit. And I always think behind the scenes anecdotes from the entertainment industry is interesting. Yep! I’m one of those and proud of it!

I listened to my copy of this book on audio and personally I think it made the experience 100% more enjoyable. Know why? Kristin Chenoweth herself narrated it. It was heartbreaking to hear HER tell the sad stories from her life. You could actually hear her voice breaking. When things were funny. Which was a lot of times throughout her stories – we’d be treated to her giggles. And honestly she has the greatest laugh. Then at times she’d have a couple of her friends pop in to tell their side of the story or their feelings about “Kris.” Some things to be aware:

Somethings you might want to be aware of…

  • there was some talk about homosexuality
  • there was also pre-marital sex inferred

No matter how you take in this book. I do recommend that you read it. I think anyone will enjoy it. And if you’re not already a fan of hers I think once you read this you’ll be one.

I bought my audio book through Chirp Books. Go here and you can get 20% off your 1st book.

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