A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

FEATURING CHENOLICIOUS RECIPES, KRISTIN’S ADVICE FOR YOUNG ACTORS, AND MUCH MORE!

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From nearly the first paragraph of this memoir, Kristin Chenoweth confronts a momentous decision: "Crystallized moments like this arise in every woman's life. Moments of truth in which she makes the choices that guide her destiny. Moments that ultimately write the story of her." Then, a second later, she makes the fateful choice: A fabulous pair of Jimmy Choo platform slingbacks. Chenoweth's book leads us to such forks in life's crooked highway again and again, sometimes ambushing us into giggles and other times plopping us into the frantic creative life of a 4'11" prodigy self-described as a "bicoastal, type A Tony winner." The former star of Wicked and West Wing holds our attention with more than catchy stories; A Little Bit Wicked is one of the best-written celebrity memoirs in recent years.
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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Library Journal

The autobiography of Chenoweth, a Tony Award-winning performer, recording artist, and actress best known for originating the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the hit musical Wicked, is a mostly lighthearted, humorous survey of the artist's life. Chenoweth has opted to make her story more of a tea party and less of a Wagnerian night at the opera, and the resulting tale is a frothy confection of backstage anecdotes mixed with stories of Chenoweth's upbringing in Oklahoma. She also discusses the contradictions and challenges of being a Christian in Hollywood. While Chenoweth's consistently sunny tone occasionally grates, she emerges as a fun, humble, and highly likable figure, and fans of the performer will certainly enjoy this entertaining read. Recommended for large public library collections and all theater and musical theater collections.
—Katherine Litwin

Kirkus Reviews
Innocuous memoir from tiny dynamo Chenoweth. Achieving Broadway stardom with the musical Wicked in 2003, then appearing on television in The West Wing, Sesame Street and Pushing Daisies, the author has built an impressive showbiz resume in a relatively short time. Classically trained, Chenoweth has sung at the Met, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She appears in the films Running with Scissors, Stranger than Fiction and The Pink Panther. But it remains unclear why she's releasing a memoir at this comparatively early stage in her career. Her publisher, she notes, said they found her "a person of interest." Definitely of interest are the many topics and themes Chenoweth raises, but neither she nor co-author Rodgers (The Secret Sisters, 2006, etc.) does much with them. Born 40 years ago in Broken Arrow, Okla., the actress acquired deep, possibly conservative Christian convictions, which she continues to hold. But she only touches upon the roots of her beliefs and glides over their potential conflict with, for example, her support for gay rights. Also scanted are her rigorous studies at Oklahoma City University with Florence Birdwell, an imposing, somewhat eccentric, brutally honest voice teacher who deserves more colorful treatment than she receives here. Most frustrating of all to theater buffs, Chenoweth offers only a sketchy account of Wicked's famously bumpy road to Broadway. Warm recollections of family members and showbiz friends, advice for the love-lorn and aspiring actors and recipes for pie and cookies round out the picture. The prose is no more than serviceable, and sometimes too cute by half: Jesus is "an issues guy," and an airport security agent's children are "twolittle-peanut-butter-and-jelly-princesses." But Chenoweth can also be shrewd, candid and funny. For a skinny girl, she notes, she has "a pretty good pair of Mermans."Cheerful, but rather shallow and pointless. Agent: Wendy Sherman/Wendy Sherman Associates
The Barnes & Noble Review
You may know her from ABC's Pushing Daisies or the Broadway musical Wicked or as Sesame Street's Miss Noodle, but you may not know Kristin Chenoweth as she comes across in her new memoir, A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages. If Chenoweth -- singer and sexpot, comedian and Christian, inspiration to hometown girls and drag queens alike -- is a little bit wicked, she's also a lot of bit wholesome: a lesson in surprising contrasts. Chenoweth is chirpily funny, too, and reading her life story up until now (she's only 40) can feel like sitting backstage dishing with the most quippily chipper girl in the show. (When Chenoweth was in junior high, a fellow student accosted her in the girls' bathroom, demanding to know why she was so happy all the time. "It makes me want to beat you up," the girl said.) Yet Chenoweth -- who was born and raised in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and had both classical music training and beauty pageant experience under her belt by the time she hit Broadway -- has had her share of heartaches. And though she's judicious with the dirty details (this book is more tell some than tell all), well, she's wasted enough time on the wrong guys, spent enough nights in cruddy sublets, and had enough hair emergencies to show her life isn't totally charmed. Which isn't to say it's not charming. In her acknowledgements, Chenoweth thanks her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Aaron "The West Wing" Sorkin ("Chenorkin," she calls their celebrity merger), "for reminding me to let the emotion come through." She's heeded his advice -- and her book is a little bit better for it. --Amy Reiter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416580560
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 314,355
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristin Chenoweth

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.

Joni Rodgers is the author of several books including Bald in the Land of Big Hair, a memoir of her own unlikely journey from cancer patient to celebrity memoir guru.

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Los Angeles, California
February 8, 2008

I face myself in the full-length mirror, stability in one hand, sex in the other.

The white Armani gown is the dress every little girl dreams of. A lot of big girls, too. A line of blushing attendants, all picture-pretty, clutch their bouquets of roses and baby's breath, each on the arm of a dashing, tuxedoed counterpart. My best always-a-bridesmaid buddy Denny Downs is looking at me with wide, moist eyes, telling me how perfect it all is...but suddenly I'm not sure.

A moment ago, I was ready to commit myself to the faithful friend who's supported and stood by me all these years. Then Jimmy showed up, and everything became a question. Now, here I am at the eleventh hour, wondering what might happen, who will I be, if I allow my passion to be swayed by this dangerous bad boy. Crystallized moments like this one arise in every woman's life. Moments of truth in which she makes the choices that guide her destiny. Moments that ultimately write the story of her.

Sugar or spice? I agonize. Naughty or nice?

Sensible angels whisper in my ear, but the runaway bride in me is getting restless. I am a type A "leap and a net will appear" risk-taker, and if I trust that God made me this way for a reason, then I have to believe that the risk will be worth it in the long run. Experience has taught me that we all stumble and fall; faith assures me that He'll be there to catch me when I do. My heart speaks, and I listen.

I chose Jimmy.

Jimmy Choo, that is. A fabulous pair of four-inch platform slingbacks. Setting aside the safe-and-sane character shoes I was planning to wear onstage tonight, I cast my lot withthe bad boy. Oh, I know what you're thinking, and, yeah, it's not exactly Sophie's Choice. But this is Oscar night. I'm about to step out onstage in front of thousands of people — friends, colleagues, peers, people I hope and dream of working with — plus my parents and everyone else watching the live broadcast on television.

People keep reminding me that billions — with a b as in bombastic and boy howdy! — yes, billions of people all over the world will be tuned in. Even in the coziest venues, performers can and do get hurt onstage all the time. There's a broken toe for every light on Broadway. But I'm not as concerned for myself as I am for the burgeoning cast of backup dancers. This is a huge shot of résumé adrenaline for most of these kids; I don't want it to turn into some tragicomic YouTube video labeled "Cheno Falls on Ass." On the other hand, when you're four feet eleven inches you get pretty comfortable in heels.

"A nice pair of Jimmy Choos never hurt anyone," I tell my friend Denny, but I take the precaution of having the soles rubbered for slip-resistance. (Faith is fine, but the Lord helps those who help themselves, right?)

I'll be performing "That's How You Know," one of three Oscar-nominated songs written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz for Disney's frothy fairy tale Enchanted. As Tilda Swinton collects the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Michael Clayton, the backstage cavern turns into an anthill of scurrying crew members preparing for my number, which is being staged in full-on Broadway showstopper style. Joining me on the sweeping two-story set is a village-size cast including half a dozen dancing brides niftily accessorized with dancing grooms, quick-stepping waiters, acrobatically inclined construction workers, happy townies, multiculti mariachis, and (putting us indisputably over the top) a marching band. Against a miniature backdrop of Manhattan, a battalion of gorgeous guys will form sort of a hunkpowered elevator and pass me bodily off an ornate, ten-foot-tall bridge.

A great song. A magical night. Gown by Armani and travel by hunk-o-vator. I am in grave danger of thinking it doesn't get any better than this when someone tells me, "George Clooney is on the front row." I don't ask who else is on the front row. Is there anyone else?

George Clooney needs to know that he and I are perfect for each other. We would be instantly matched on eHarmony.com. I can already see us in that ad campaign, oozing adorable, giddily telling the story of our first kiss. Happily ever after, cue Chaka Khan, roll credits. He is my Mr. Right. The problem is, I'm still in love with Mr. Writer, a man who is more likely to show up in a "Falls on Ass" video than an "Everlasting Love" commercial. Truth be told, eHarmony would not encourage me to share so much as a cab uptown with this guy. But of course this is precisely what makes him irresistible.

Never for a moment did I even fantasize that Aaron Sorkin was Mr. Right. From the day we met, he was Mr. Sets My Brain on Fire, then he evolved for a long, lovely spell into Mr. Makes Me Sing REO Speedwagon in the Shower, but there was always an undercurrent of Mr. You Are Seriously Pushing Your Luck Here, and I eventually found myself doing the ol' step-ball-change with Mr. Why Am I Banging My Head Against This Wall? Instead of coming up with a cutesy Hollywood powercouple name for us — "Sorkoweth" or "Chenorkin" — the tabloids wearily call us "on again/off again," which means we periodically put each other through a wrenching spate of separation, but I keep reinstating him as Mr. Might Actually Be Worth the Trouble. We are now "off again," and it's painful to not share this amazing moment with him. I love the man, and whatever happens or doesn't happen between us in the long run, I always will.

"It's in God's hands," I tell my father whenever he shakes his head about it.

The only thing I can say with utter certainty is that come what may, my feelings for George Clooney will remain unsullied. Whatever curtains rise and fall, the "Kristlooney" dream lives on.

Hosting the Oscars tonight is Jon Stewart, who's been onstage riffing about the bitter writers' strike that was recently resolved. His wry, wisenheimer humor is good medicine for our cruel but tenderhearted community.

"Welcome to the makeup sex," he said at the start of the show, and I felt a twinge of knowing exactly what he was talking about.

Aside from my periodic reunions with Mr. If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Right, I've been holding my breath through the strike, terrified for the fate of Pushing Daisies, this beautiful baby bird of a TV show I've been doing. With the strike ended, we are all breathing again and anxious to get back to work this summer. Before I resume shooting the show, I'll spend the spring in New York, shoot a movie in Minneapolis, squeeze in some family time with my far-flung loved ones in Texas, Denver, and Oklahoma, do a concert with the Chicago Symphony, and give a special benefit performance for a friend in Manhattan — all of which keeps me pleasantly occupied and comfortably distanced from L.A. with all its potential complications and painful reminders.

I make my way backstage in my Jimmy Choos. I'm getting nervous. This doesn't happen to me much anymore. Like everyone around me, I'm a seasoned pro. Stage fright is a thing of the past. But tonight, as I prepare to step onstage, a hollow, little ice cube of doubt forms in the pit of my touchy stomach. I close my eyes. Heavenly Father...

I don't have to say anything else. He knows.

Adding one last dash of adorable to the Enchanted number is Vanessa Williams's little daughter Sasha, so Vanessa is here, helping her get ready. She gives me a good-luck scrunch and tells me, "Sasha's going to be right there when you look at her."

It's good to have another Broadway girl backstage. There's no unnerving a woman who's conquered the pageant circuit and delivered eight shows a week. She's a glam-cat paragon of strength and calm. Sasha's learning early what it took me years to understand.

Crew hands hustle out the set pieces. The hunks and I brace ourselves for places.

Deep breath.

Jon Stewart catches my eye.

"You're going to knock it out of the park," he assures me.

"I feel like I could pee my pants."

Jon smiles at me without a trace of wisenheimer. "Just get out there and do what you do."Copyright © 2009 by Kristin Chenoweth

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

    A Wicked Read

    In her newest memoir, "A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages", Kristin Chenoweth shares the ups and downs of her journey as a singer-actress, the transition from small town girl in Oklahoma to a New Yorker, and discusses some of the leading men in her life-all topped with hilarious, self-deprecating humor that makes this book's style reminiscent of a night out with your best friend. Best known as the pint-sized Tony-award winning and Emmy-nominated actress, Chenoweth candidly shares her experiences starring in Broadway's musicals "Wicked" and "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown", participating in hit TV shows like "The West Wing" and "Pushing Daisies", and releasing her own albums of songs. Chenoweth also reveals her love for her adopted family, her singing scholarship to Oklahoma City University where she received professional training in musical theater, her hysterical experience with beauty pageants, how she wound up on Broadway, what it's like to perform at the Oscars, the recipes for her favorite deserts, her relationship with religion, a written love confession from her on-again/off-again Hollywood beau Aaron Sorkin, a list of the questions she wants to ask God when she sees him, as well as what drives her career-acting advice included. What I like most about Chenoweth's memoir, though not a chronological tell-all, is that she does not shy away from controversy. Some of the saucy stories mentioned in the book are about her fan turned stalker, her much-talked about appearance on "The Club 700", and her family's reaction to the cover shoot for FHM magazine. Overall, I found the book very entertaining and uplifting. Chenoweth's writing is very fresh and earnest, while her word choice is pure stand-up comedy. Recommended reading guaranteed to brighten any rainy day.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    AHHHHH!!!!!!

    A BOOK about THE Christen Chenoweth? YAYAYAYAYAY!!!! I LOVE CHRISTEN ( especially in WICKED and YOURE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN). She is amazing and its great to read about the awesome, wonderful original G(a)linda Upland of the Upper Uplands! Read it if you love her! Her witty sense of humor is appealing and she tells about her amazing expierences. Read it!

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    Because I knew you, I have been changed for good

    I don’t normally venture into the non-fiction section of a bookstore unless by accident, but when I spotted Kristin Chenoweth’s memoir A Little Bit Wicked I knew that I had to read it because 1) I love all things Wicked (although it does not dominate her story); and 2) I fell in love with Kristin Chenoweth when she played Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies.

    THE GOOD BITS

    {A little slice goes a long way} I loved the format of this book. Yes, Kristin Chenoweth goes in chronological order, but it never felt that way. A Little Bit Wicked seemed more like a compilation of bits and pieces of Kristin Chenoweth’s life, never quite connect-the-dots but everything had its time and place and I felt lucky to be reading about it. I ate A Little Bit Wicked it up in one evening, but this book can easily be stretched out like a decadent and rewarding dessert for 16 evenings!

    {Warning: Avoid any liquids while reading} I guarantee that there are a whole lot of snort-worthy moments, and I giggled my whole way through reading! Kristin Chenoweth is honest-to-goodness adorable, even when she has her non-bubbly moments, and I love how the writing captures this effervescent woman. She is 100% human (I know, I had concern that she was all bubble) with hurts and hopes, trials and triumphs, and she knows how to throw a decent punchline. From the truth behind where babies come from to her eat-them-and-maybe-die White Trash Cookies to the inspiration behind Ellen: The Musical to being tricked into a date with a pilot while racing across the country, it is hard to NOT laugh at Kristin Chenoweth’s mishaps on her rise to popularity.

    {On Aaron Sorkin} So I didn’t know much about Kristin Chenoweth’s love life before I read A Little Bit Wicked and really the her current status is nobody’s business but her own, but can I say that I adored Aaron Sorkin’s own account of how he fell in love with her? All I can say is that, in A Little Bit Wicked, I can sense how much Kristin Chenoweth and Aaron Sorkin care for each other – even if they were off-and-on, even if they never get back together – despite everything, Aaron Sorkin wrote a beautiful piece for A Little Bit Wicked and I think it was pretty cool of Kristin Chenoweth to share it with the reader.

    THE BAD BITS

    {Wicked-ly disappointed} Okay, the lack of Wicked was not exactly the end of the world, and I am sure Kristin Chenoweth may be all Wicked-out, but I had thought there would have been more dish on Wicked as suggested by the title. There were a few brief mentions, but if you shared my expectations of Wicked delights, this is not the book for you. This is more for fans of Kristin Chenoweth and perhaps GLEE-hards.

    THE OVERALL

    I don’t know how A Little Bit Wicked does it, but somehow it embodies the bubbly known as Kristin Chenoweth and delivers anecdotes that can either make you laugh or cry or even sniffle with a hint of chuckle. A Little Bit Wicked may have be Wicked in name only, but it is everything I expected from Kristin Chenoweth! A Little Bit Wicked may be short in length, Kristin Chenoweth most definitely is not – and I hope that there may be more stories to share in the future.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Beggin For It!

    It was a hot Summer's night when I first sat down and started reading this book. I'm not what you would call a "fast reader", or "a book fan", or "smart" or anything like that. I didn't need to get past the first sentence to realize that this was the best book I ever read, or ever would read. By the second sentence, my life was changed forever.

    I should tell you that I am her biggest fan, and have heard her sing over 8 songs. I feel the need to disclose that I'm a big-time fan, so that you realize there might be some bias. That said, this book is better than any book that has ever been or will be written. And I've even read a few parts of the bible, so I know what I'm talking about.

    She writes like she sings, with lots of words. Perhaps even more words. Which is strange, because the paragraphs aren't very long, yet have many, many different words in them. Speaking of paragraphs, the structure of them throughout the book was excellent. Very few times, would I have joined sentences in one from another. Also, the indentation was spot on, and extremely consistent from start to finish.

    *side note here- the audio book is NOT a musical version. Those people thinking she sings the book, will be very disappointed.

    But back to the real star of this novel: the words. They're so wonderful I have a hard time describing them without using words. There isn't really a good way to tell you how perfectly they're assembled into a story that not only makes a great deal of sense, but also affords you the luxury of being enjoyable. Talk about a rarity in book-writing! This is one of the best books to come along in the last 430 years.

    I'd also like to say that this book is useful for women. Not just if you are one, but if you want to bag one. Most women see you reading a book, they think "Oh look... another d-bag reading porn or the wall street journal." But when they see this book, it's a whole new ballgame.

    I was reading this at the bowling alley where I intern and this incredible girl walks up to me. See's the book, and does me. Yes, really. Right there, in the party room. No she wasn't drunk, and she wasn't retarded so I'd appreciate it if you didn't say that, even if that idiot Jimmy Gisondi tells you she was retarded, because he really didn't get a good look at her.

    Anyway, the book is really great. If you are a fan of reading like I am, you'll love this book. Yeah, it's that good. I give it a 96 out of a 100, taking off points for the font. When it comes to the sequel, you'll be beggin for it!

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    Just as quirky and energetic as she is

    Though Kristin Chenoweth is one of my inspirations, (also a short, Southern, coloratura soprano) I was under the impression that she was type-cast, and while many of her roles may be similar (cute, perky, belt) she is a lot deeper, in other ways every person can connect with her. She is a very energetic performer, and she managed to capture that sprightliness in every sentence of her first auto-biography (she hinted at another in the future) with warmth and humor. She is very thorough in certain areas in her life, and I was expecting all the background to build into some melodramatic ending, but she did a beautiful job of keeping it light and sweet, but not in an artificial sweetener way, where you can still taste the bitter underneath. The writing is bouncy, and doesn't dwell upon things too much. Ms. Chenoweth has a way of addressing the reader so that they feel like her closest friend, or she's your aunt. Her early life and college years are addressed, and while I of course was ever so pleased she did, I wish she could have talked more about her musical theatre career, as that's what I know her from. However she's a delightful person and this proves she's much more than a gumball, which is pink and sugary on the inside, but empty on the inside. She proves herself a strong woman, and I believe that anyone who knows her for any of her work should read her auto-biography, in hopes they gain another layer of respect as I did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    Heartfelt

    I bought the book in hardcover and I have to say it's one of my favorites. After reading it through several times, I decided to buy the audio. Her story comes to life in her own voice and it's lovely to hear the emotion behind her story. I laugh and cry every time. It's not the most intellectually stimulating biography, but it will touch your heart and make you smile.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE KCHO! BUY ALL HER PRODU

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE KCHO! BUY ALL HER PRODUCTS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    A little bit awesome.

    Clever. A little ADHD in writing style, zig-zagging back and forth between time frames and stories. Love this lady.

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

    A fun read. I'm a big fan of Tony award winning Broadway and Hol

    A fun read.
    I'm a big fan of Tony award winning Broadway and Hollywood star Kristin Chenoweth, so I was really excited to learn that she had written an autobiography. Chenoweth is probably best known for starring in the musical Wicked and on television shows such as The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Glee, and GCB, to name a few. She's also starred in movies and recorded albums.
    A Little Bit Wicked tells the story of all the ups and downs in Chenoweth's life, starting with her early days as an adopted child in Oklahoma and detailing the steps she took along the way to her successful career as an actress and singer. Kristin shares intimate details of her personal and professional life and discusses the lessons she's learned while facing difficulties along the way.
    I decided to listen to the audiobook version which is narrated by her (thanks to Julie at Book Hooked for putting this title on my radar!). It was really fun to hear her narrate. There are also a couple guest narrators who pop in to tell their side of the story! I would recommend this book to fans of Chenoweth or those interested in musical theater and acting. It was fun to get a glimpse behind the scenes of Broadway and television.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Grace

    If i did not already say so, i adore you. I played a young you in one of your flashbacks in into temptation. Bravo patrick for writing it! I also am your hugest fan because of wicked. I saw u at the macys day parade. I waved. You have changed my life for good.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    The Tony award winning singer/ actress Kristin Chenoweth looks

    The Tony award winning singer/ actress Kristin Chenoweth looks back on her journey through the whirling world of performance. From the singing in church as a child, to performing on Broadway and in Hollywood. Even though not many people can relate to winning a Tony or opening a show in New York, her book is extremely relatable through her story telling. She writes as though she is having an enjoyable conversation with every reader. 
    The outside story is well known by millions of people. Kristen Chenoweth won a Tony, and has starred in many shows including Wicked. However, the backstage story is always different than the sparkling final product. It was incredibly interesting to read about the struggles and the joys of Kristen’s life, in a superbly comedic way. It was uplifting to read after every struggle about how she left everything up to God and never lost faith throughout her journey. Even when she was at her lowest she never said she had a doubt in her faith or where God had brought her. It was inspiring, because performers lives are filled with let down and failure, even when they are as successful as Kristen Chenoweth.
    My favorite part of the book was being able to connect with her experiences. No, I have not been on Broadway, or even off Broadway, but as a fellow performer, I was able to relate to many of her dilemmas, successes, and even failures. I could laugh knowingly about admiring other actors and crew members. I could understand exactly what she was talking about when talking about vocal technique, and I could feel the warm fuzzies when she talked about her cast families. I could also relate to the heartbreak of not being good enough in the brutality of the performance world. 
    I adored the whole book, but my least favorite part was how A.D.D. the whole book was. I am scatter brained, but sometimes the story got hard to follow because she would go on tangents and I had no idea what was happening. The tangents were hilarious and enjoyable, but I was still a little lost during parts of the book. 
    As a young performer, I was definitely inspired by this story of a woman working her butt off in a world where no one is ever good enough. I have not been sure about what I want to do in the future; whether I was to continue performing for a living or not. After reading this book full of downfalls and success, my passion got the best of me. I couldn’t imagine stopping performing after reading this amazing story. Loving what you do is much more important than how much money is made. Moving people in a performance is much more fulfilling than a mediocre life. 
    This book full of life lessons was shared in the most dazzling way, from the most dazzling woman. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Great read

    Kristin did an amazing job at writing this book. She is hilarious and it's fantastic that she is a good Christian lady because it has no vulgarity. It's a genuine good read and I left this book smiling and with a lot of respect for her (and other Broadway actors). It's a tough gig!
    I highly recommend this book. It's a book I looked forward to coming home to and reading with a cup of coffe!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Loved this book!

    Really a wonderful book. I am a big fan of hers, but you do not have to like her to enjoy this book. Beautifully written, with the perfect amount of comedy and seriousness. I recommend to everyone!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    A wicked read!

    I just love Kristin and this audiobook is just wonderful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

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    LOVE her...LOVE the book!!

    LOVED IT!! Kristin is funny and honest. I loved the way she talked about her family, especially about growing up knowing she was adopted (and how that shaped her) I also enjoyed her take it or leave it..this is me attitude about life. Her honest and openness about her Faith was probably one of my favorite parts of the book. She has this quote about dealing with her Grandpa's death "How can anyone who's seen a dead body question the existence of the soul? The difference between the living and the dead so clearly goes beyond temperature and movement. There's an energy that's there. Until it isn't"

    She also talks over and over again about how important laughter is in life. Here's another of my favorite quotes from the book. I should mention the first part is her quoting the play/movie Steel Magnolias "' Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.' Laughter is life-giving. It makes you breathe." This made me love the tiny funny woman even more.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    A Great Read

    Kristin Chenoweth's autobiography is a great read. It's bright and bubbly, just like she is. If you like Kristin you will totally enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

    A Wicked Awesome Read!

    You dont even need to be a Kristen Chenoweth or a Broadway fan to enjoy this book. Her humor, conversational writing and the depth to her stories will touch your heart and you laugh page after page.

    You will be captivated and want to share this book with others, I guarantee!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    Great Read!

    This book is written with such charm! I went through it in one day, it was an easy but fun read. I recommend this book!

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    A Little Bit WICKED

    This book is so funny. Kristin Chenoweth is an amazing singer and actor and this book shows you what it is like to be famous.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

    Enchanting humor keeps the pages turning

    I love Kristin Chenoweth already, so I won't lie... I'm sure my review is a little bias. That being said, I loved this book. Kristin's humor is on every page... from start to finish you can just imagine her just telling this as a story of her life to her friends. Nothing is forced and the way the stories just flow is enchanting.

    Thanks so much for this great read and sharing a little bit of yourself with us Kristin.

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