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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!
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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: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Fascinating insider look at the theater world. Author's pre-Wicked background reminded me of my own daughter's situation. Found some of the author's YouTube videos; apparently she's since done some vocal coaching, and the videos are helping me with my volunteer work as a cantor at my church.
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I stumbled upon Felicia's blog a few years ago and really enjoyed her personable, honest, and hilarious writing style. She has such a clear voice which translated really well to this memoir. I've been a huge fan of Wicked ever since it came out, and loved hearing behind the scenes tidbits of the audition and rehearsal process. Since Felicia came from a different background, having majored in English at Harvard as opposed to studying theater, she has an interesting and fresh perspective on the industry. Unnaturally Green was a fun, light-hearted read, and I hope her career continues so we can read even more irreverent tellings of the goings-on at broadway shows.
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Felicia writes a fun memoir. She has a wonderful turn of phrase and many good stories. Very interesting glimpse behind the curtain, so to speak. A good lesson in the inner workings of a Broadway franchise. And I thank her for the introduction to the amazing Eden Espinosa!
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Delightful, easy read for anyone who loves Broadway shows and always wondered how so many talented young actors might break in. It's easy to like Felicia, appreciate her journey and laugh with her when she describes her insecurities and mistakes. The reader feels proud when she does well, even though you have a feeling that her destiny is not a long staying star. Enjoyed watching her youtubes too - her great voice and comedic material.
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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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A quick, easy read and fascinating. One issue-so many people crave....ache being on a Broadway tour & never get there. The story is written like it was no big deal and she was kind of meh about it. It's a fun, insiders view and an unbeatable price for a vacation read.
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