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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Felicia\Ricci (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615533337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615533339
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A greatly fun book on how one actress learned to become, briefly, Elphaba Thropp."

-Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West


"Unnaturally Green is a great read for those who are fans of not just Wicked, but theater as well -- and are curious to know what life is like on and off stage. Felicia's memoir is full of humor and laugh out loud funny moments...and rich memories."

-Marie Vera, Marie Loves Books


"This book was well written, easy to read, insightful, and hilarious. Felicia writes her memoir like she writes on her blog -- like she's telling her story to a best friend -- and I loved it."

-Book Nook Club


"[Felicia Ricci] is funny, self-deprecating, and feels like the kind of girl I'd like to hang out with...I laughed, I rooted for her, I looked her up on YouTube; I was thoroughly engaged with this young woman from beginning to end."
-As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves

From the Author

Hello! I wrote Unnaturally Green because I wanted to give you all an up-close look at what it's *really* like to perform in mega-theater (when you have pretty much no idea what you're doing). As I became assimilated into Wicked (my first-ever big professional gig) there was so much never-before-shared information I wanted to record -- both procedural (how you learn quick changes, where you live when you're out of town, how often you can pee during a show) -- and personal (what kinds of emotions course through you as you perform? what's it like being away from home?). I've done my best in this little-memoir-that-could, Unnaturally Green, in which I discuss the nuts-and-bolts of the professional theater process, all manner of bodily functions, my abundant armpit sweat, and what it's like to date someone really, really muscular. Hope you like it!

More About the Author

FELICIA RICCI is an author, performer, voice teacher, entrepreneur, and self-described five-trick pony. She received her English degree from Yale University, where she won the J. Edward Meeker award for nonfiction, the Saybrook Master's Award, and the Louis Sudler Prize for the arts.

In her first life as a professional actress, Felicia was cast in the San Francisco company of "Wicked" as understudy to the lead role of Elphaba. Her memoir, UNNATURALLY GREEN, chronicles the experience, and has sold thousands of copies on five continents, garnering the attention of The Huffington Post and BookWorks for its innovative marketing and success as a self-published work.

Felicia is the creator of the online singing course Belt Your Face Off!, vlogs via her YouTube channel, blogs about life's adventure, and lives outside Philly with her burly fiancé. Learn more at FeliciaRicci.com !

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This girl is so funny...many times I laughed out loud as I read this book!
dcdawg
Even before we read UNNATURALLY GREEN by Felicia Ricci, we stumbled upon her blog while she was Elphaba standby at the San Francisco's production of WICKED.
John Huan Vu
I was literally laughing out loud while reading this book and I am pretty sure that everyone around me now thinks that I am insane.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PinkScarf on October 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was/am a follower of Felicia Ricci's blog, and so I was so excited to hear that she was writing a book about her first professional theater experience! Unnaturally Green certainly did not disappoint. Felicia's memoir is funny, quirky, well-written, and entertaining - I finished it in about two days because I just couldn't put it down. Being a Broadway fan and amateur actress, I was thrilled to read about how professional theater productions work and what the audition process is like. It was also fun to read about Felicia's struggles with insecurity, especially since she's pretty much freaking amazing. :)

I highly recommend this book for fans of Felicia, theater, Broadway, and/or Wicked! As a fan of all four, I really enjoyed Unnaturally Green.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Weinberg on October 17, 2011
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I am a slow reader with not a lot of time for allotted for this pursuit. I opened this book thinking i would be done with it in a couple of months. 8 hours later I read the last line of the last page. I just could not put it down. This is a simply enthralling book that is so brilliantly written, I was astounded, even after being a follower of Ricci's writing for quite a while. I've never laughed so hard at a book before! and though she is a master of wit, she also brought a large element of personal struggle into the story, lending it much more intimacy and emotion; so much so, that I found myself crying at parts of it. Unnaturally Green is described as a behind-the-scenes look at Wicked, but it is so much more; it is a behind-the-scenes look at Ricci's life, and of her innermost personal struggles. While parts of this book may be difficult to understand if you are not familiar with Wicked, it is not limited to fans of the show. This book is incredibly helpful for aspiring performers, and a great read for anyone who wants to laugh, or be inspired by a masterfully written tale of love, perseverance and self-discovery.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AllisonK415 on October 13, 2011
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This is such a fun book! I started reading Felicia's blog when she was in Wicked and couldn't wait to read the book! With a BA in English, Felicia knows how to pull a reader in and keep them wanting more. Whenever I had to put the book down, I couldn't wait to pick it back up! A long-time Wicked fan, it was great to get a look into what goes on behind the scenes and learn more about what it's like to jump headfirst into the biggest hit musical this century. And she's downright funny. I found myself laughing out loud every few pages!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dante A. on November 23, 2011
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I saw Felicia Ricci's performance as Elphaba in San Francisco. Her book allows me to relive the excitement and drama of her audition, rehearsal schedule, and performance in this Broadway megahit. I have always loved musical theater but never had such a detailed look into what it takes to walk out onto the stage and perform in front of a live sold out audience. Felicia's book will make you laugh, cry and connect with her fellow actors and friends.
Douglas Sills took us "Into the Fire". Felicia Ricci shows all of us how to Defy Gravity.

A must read for all lovers of theater, Wicked, and Felicia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By theotherjenla on November 4, 2011
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This memoir captivated me from the very first chapter. The moment I started reading, I could BARELY put it down. I had to buy the kindle edition in ADDITION to the hard copy I already had just so I could make sure I had it with me at ALL times. Felicia lets the reader in on every aspect of her journey (revealing all of her insecurities, fears, and doubts), which really makes her come alive to the reader. She is so relatable, and literally made me laugh out loud at least once on every page! My husband kept asking me, "What are you READING?!") This is a MUST read even for those of you who are not necessarily hooked on Wicked. The theme of overcoming, understanding and accepting one's "greenness" can hit home in anyone's life. I can't wait to hear about Felicia's next journey!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LobsterDonG on October 25, 2011
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A great read! Part inside-look at a global hit musical, part bi-coastal romance, Unnaturally Green is a funny, moving story about growing up, taking chances, and trusting your instincts. Well-written and inspiring. A good time!

I'd highly recommend this Shizzzzz (universitay).

-Don G.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Kay on October 19, 2011
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I have been involved in musical theatre for quite a few years now, and over time have read a few memoirs by various actors in the business. But none has been as good at Felicia Ricci's memoir, Unnaturally Green. I finished the book last night (reading it cover to cover in a mere 3 days), and I couldn't even COUNT the numbers of times I laughed, smiled, and was just plain mesmerized by everything. And most importantly, Felicia's novel taught me that it's okay to be different... It's okay to be somebody "green". Felicia, your book was fantastic, and I hope you go far in anything you do! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cdhale on October 16, 2011
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Do you love Wicked? Do you love musical theater? Do you love to laugh until your sides ache and the tears are streaming? If you answered yes, then this is definitely the book for you. I knew when I got this book that I'd enjoy all the behind-the-scenes mysteries that help make Wicked such and amazing show, but what I wasn't expecting was how deeply Felicia's journey there, and beyond, would touch my heart. You will not be disappointed.

(Review by Debbie Hale, wife of Clint)
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