One Girl's Journey Along a Yellow Brick Road Less Traveled
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In January of 2010, a wide-eyed English grad went from peddling software in NYC to understudying the lead role in Wicked the musical -- her first professional theater gig (ever). Unnaturally Green is the humorous account of the entire journey, from her pit-stain-filled audition to the bittersweet closing night.
Author Felicia Ricci wears her heart on her sleeve as she tackles the role of Elphaba, Wicked's green-skinned heroine. She leaps countless hurdles, both professional and personal: conquering the "Songs of Death," weathering a trans-continental "Week I Didn't Poop," enduring the artistic limbo of understudying, and -- worst of all! -- meeting the man of her dreams. And all the while learning, time and again, what it means to be "green."
Hop into the mind of an over-sharer as she discovers Broadway's Man Behind the Curtain -- and the thrill and terror of personal growth.
Just what I needed.
So far, so good. I have yet to finish but not only do I adore her, I adore this book. Personally, this book couldn't be more relevant to me and come to me at a better time in my life. Even for the non theatre goer or aspiring Elphaba, this story is interesting and entertaining through her comedic writing style and imagery. I wish I had six stars to give. But wishing only wounds the heart. Buy now. Read now.
Felicia spins a playful web of humor in Unnaturally Green, which chronicles her time spent as Elphaba standby in the San Francisco production of "Wicked," but she makes it abundantly clear that being in the show is not quite as
leisurely pleasant as it seems to us outsiders; it is actually
more work and pressure than a non-actor like me could ever imagine. This memoir
is peppered with Felicia's multifarious inner monologue, which, while
side-splittingly funny, often contains the wretched voice of
self-doubt that we all hear from time to time. But Felicia handles the story
with such finesse and humor that even if you are not an actor, you
take away a strong sense of "I can do this!" from her book. You're
right there with Felicia as she's about to take the stage in one of
the most difficult female roles ever performed, which, for those of us
who can't sing or dance, is an awesome thing. If you love Wicked, or theater, or humor, get this book! You won't be disappointed!
Never seen Wicked
But I would like to now.
A little squeaky clean, cutesy... But a fun read. Missed having an antagonist and would like a little bit of edge, but I was entertained nonetheless.