- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone (April 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781416580553
- ISBN-13: 978-1416580553
- ASIN: 1416580557
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 158 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages Hardcover – April 14, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Currently seen as waitress Olive Snook in ABC's Pushing Daisies, the Tony Award–winning singer-actress Chenoweth looks back at her multifaceted career, which has encompassed recordings (As I Am), films (Four Christmases), television (The West Wing), Broadway (Wicked), solo concerts, animation (Tinker Bell), opera and Opryland. Beginning with the intriguing speculation that her unknown birth mother could be watching her career rise, she recalls her Oklahoma childhood and vocal training when she learned "[t]he music didn't come from notes and lyrics; it came from life and mileage." Personal revelations, such as her experiences with Ménière's disease, are balanced with bubbling backstage anecdotes. A chapter about her on-and-off relationship with writer-producer Aaron Sorkin includes a section written by Sorkin himself. With digressions, detours and words like "whack-a-noodle," the book is busy with show-biz flip quips and writing reminiscent of Julia Phillips's You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again (minus the drugs and invective). Chenoweth has a frenzied, free-associative style; it's as if she's speaking breathlessly into a tape recorder between sitcom scenes. To use her phrase, this book is "a hoot and a holler"—a fast-paced frolic that her fans will appreciate. (Apr. 14)
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About the Author
Kristin Chenoweth is an award-winning musical theatre performer, opera singer, television and film actress, and an exclusively signed Sony Masterworks recording artists. Visit www.kristin-chenoweth.com for more information on Kristin and her recordings: A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas, Let Yourself Go and As I Am.
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With a belly laugh on pretty much every page, it's a book chock so full of showbiz anecdote that you'd have to be pretty much up yourself on the world in which Kristin's career has been immersed to properly appreciate some parts of it, which I'm not, but no matter, it's a very well written fun read from just about any perspective. It traces the life of a tiny Midwestern girl with a big funnybone, an even bigger heart and an even bigger still talent, who manages to realize a few Broadway dreams without losing her downhome Christian faith and family values along the way to stardom. Sound preachy, perhaps, stated just that way? Fear not, it isn't, not for a New York minute; her faith is just one of those aspects of a multi-faceted personality, of who she is, that you'd have to be aware of to understand Kristin properly.
That, and her sense of humor; of her marriage prospects, Kristin asks "what man could resist a singing hoo hoo that can predict the weather?" The allusions are to a youthful voice teacher who coached Kristin to "sing from your vagina," and an early dancing injury to her coccyx that left it permanently weather-sensitive, only one of the surprisingly many hardships Kristin has had to find ways to laugh off as best she may in the course of a complicated life and career. A bit of a wakeup call, surely, for any cynic such as myself who might doubt that so much deep irony, showbiz perversity and downhome faith could live comfortably cheek-by-jowl in the same personality, this book is an almost breathlessly quick, curiously refreshing read, and a show that's likely to leave you applauding, sorry to see the curtain fall, as yet another hopelessly hooked Kristin Chenoweth fan.