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

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

by Kristin Chenoweth, Joni Rodgers

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Little Bit Wicked 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
Alla_S More than 1 year ago
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.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
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.
Wolf_Thunderton More than 1 year ago
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!
MCS5B More than 1 year ago
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.
stringsn88keys on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, as read by Kristin Chenoweth.Have gained much respect for her after reading this.Would highly recommend this book, especially if you're a music theater/arts lover anywhere between the coasts.
joannemepham29 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a Broadway and theater fan, so this was a fun book to read, and I find Christin Chenoweth to be honest, funny and a good person. I enjoyed her candor, and her stories. I also commend her on her determination and staying true to her values, her friends and herself.
smitten1054 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Decent autobiography, fun in part because she's a tiny Oklahoman with a Baptist background. How adorable is that?
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Little Bit Wicked is exactly what I thought it was going to be - a rather fluffy diversion and a glimpse into the life of someone I'm glad to get to know a little bit. Kristin Chenoweth is a hard-working Oklahoma girl and this memoir takes us from her childhood ballet classes to Broadway and beyond. Recommended for her fans.
DanieXJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I may have ruptured something while reading this book. I mean, the hair episode, and just the entire tone seemed like the Ms. Chenoweth that you see on the various talk shows she's done.And I learned things (for example, I don't read nearly enough gossip rags).All in all it was a clear five star book, a good author, and an amazing writer (I may actually go read other things she's written, which never happens when I read these sorts of books). A pleasure to read all around.
horomnizon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK, if you read my other reviews it becomes pretty obvious that I don't generally like memoirs....but for some reason I keep trying them. Well, this one - I loved!It's written with a light spirit, humor, some tears, and honesty. Chenoweth admits that this is not a tell-all. But it is a great story about her life and the choices she made, always believing that God was along for the ride, even when things didn't seem to be going well. If you've seen her on Broadway, in concert, in movies, or on TV and enjoyed her presence, give the book a try. It's quite an enjoyable journey from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma(!) to Broadway and L.A. I just got the feeling that if I had the chance to sit down to dinner with her, I would see the same person that sprang to life on those pages. It's genuine and fun.
madhatter22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was looking for books to add to Book Mooch and found an ARC of Kristin Chenoweth's A Little Bit Wicked that I got back in February and hadn't read. I'm a big fan, but with all the other books I have to read (and a full 999 Challenge list!), I thought I should read something other than a fluffy star bio. When would I ever get to it? But before giving it away, I thought I'd look at the photos. Then I flipped through the book and instantly got caught up reading a story about a plane ride with the Flight Attendant from Hell. I flipped some more, read some more, flipped and read, flipped and read, until I realized I'd read at least half of the book! So I went back and started at the beginning. Now I'm a really big fan. If you like Kristin Chenoweth and/or star memoirs, read this one. It's funny and fun, honest and engaging and sweet - pretty much the impression you get of Kristin herself.
miki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because I've always been interested in Broadway, and in the path that gets people there -- and while I have not seen a lot of Kristin Chenoweth myself, I have enjoyed what I have seen, and I thought it would be interesting to read a memoir by her.And parts of the book were definitely very interesting -- I especially liked the parts where she is talking about her experiences with her music training in college, and the strong connection she had with the teacher there.There were two things that put me off about the book, though. The first is the organization -- it's not really chronological or topical, but is an odd mish-mash of both. And so just when I'm getting really interested in what's happening at that point in her life, the book jumps to another time period altogether, only to jump back again later. That isn't anything I'd blame Chenoweth for, offhand, as I'd guess that it's probably more of an issue between the writer (Joni Rodgers) and editor. The other thing that put me off was all the religious references. It's not the fact that there were religious references at all that put me off (I'm religious myself), it's that they so often seemed awkward or artificial, almost as if someone had decided *after* the book was written to "go back through and put lots of Jesus bits in everywhere!"I think it's an interesting and fun enough book, but in the end, it just wasn't as well-written as I was hoping for -- and as a result, it took me a good while to get through the book. This is definitely a book that I'd recommend picking up from the library, though, and I think that Chenoweth fans would probably consider it a worthwhile purchase.Comment
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've seen Chenoweth on TV, especially the weird and wonderful Pushing Daisies, and enjoyed her work quite a bit. I also had heard that she dated Aaron Sorkin, whom I admire greatly for his work on the West Wing. So I got her memoirs and am glad of it. She's a lovely person, with a great sense of humor, a unique way of expressing herself, a lot of intelligence, intense dedication to her crafts - singing, acting, and dancing. She is a Christian who has a gay male best friend and a tendency to date Jewish men, so she happily defies stereotypes.Her memoirs make for a fun and informative read.
qarae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fabulous Kristin Chenoweth has opened her life to let us peek into the events of her past that have made her the amazing woman she has become.She first came on my radar with her run in Wicked the Musical and I have loved her since. This funny, cute, and heart-warming book takes us on her journey to singing on Broadway, and on to television and movies.I love that this book isn't a chronological treck from point A to point B. But, instead, is a collection of random thoughts and stories that, pasted together, shows the reader the big picture that IS KRISTIN CHENOWETH
Britt1075 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Kristin Chenoweth and I try to follow her work. That being said this was a great book with a lot of insight into her life and early career. It was both funny and a little sad. A fast read. I hope to see more of her.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
An autobiography of the Broadway turned TV and movie star. I think her fans (and I am one of them) will really enjoy it. Others probably not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Popular" "One short day""Defying Gravity" "For Good" i &heart these songs.
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Clever. A little ADHD in writing style, zig-zagging back and forth between time frames and stories. Love this lady.
SuperLibrarianBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
jennifertal More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!