Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Unnaturally Green: One girl's journey along a yellow brick road less traveled by Felicia Ricci
Release Date: Sept 20th, 2011 by Felicia/Ricci
Details: 286 pages, paperback
Genre: Memoir
Source: Author (Thank you so so much Felicia!)
Summary (Goodreads):

Ever wonder what it's like to perform in a megahit musical (when you have little idea what you're doing)? From her audition to closing night -- to every moment in between -- Felicia takes you behind the scenes of her first professional show (ever!) as she understudies the lead character of Elphaba in Wicked's San Francisco company. 

As she leaps professional hurdles, she faces personal challenges as well: falling in love after heartbreak (with a spatula-wielding muscle hunk), living far away from home (in the worst neighborhood of all time), confronting her overachiever demons (and an all-consuming fear of failure), and learning, time and again, what it means to be green. 

Hop into the mind of a total newbie as she gazes at professional theater's Man Behind the Curtain, in all his naked glory. Who could look away?

As you might know, I'm a huge huge fan of the musical Wicked (in fact I've seen it a total of 14 times in the last 2 years). Felicia was our Elphaba standby in San Francisco when they were here from 2009 - 2010 and although I never had the pleasure of seeing Felicia on stage as Elphaba, I was a huge fan of the blog she kept up while she was here. As a fan of a production and cast, you're always curious to know if they're normal people like us (okay, tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this!) and what is it that they do on their free time.

Unnaturally Green covers all those, and more. Felicia takes us on her journey to becoming the green girl from the very beginning up until her very last day in San Francisco. While I was lucky enough to see Behind The Emerald Curtain (while it was hosted by the amazing Nicolas Dromard) and to tour backstage (as you can see here -- which is one of my most viewed posts, yeah I don't know), there still a lot to be curious about and Felicia does a great job with taking you step by step with how everything comes together.

And maybe it's just me but I totally squealed when there was any scene having to do with Nic or Neka or Etai or Eden lol. 

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 (like the conversation with her and Neka about her... problem lol) and rich memories.


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