I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy

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"A Wonderful Guy"
Song from South Pacific
Published 1949
Writer Oscar Hammerstein II
Composer Richard Rodgers

"A Wonderful Guy" is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. It was first introduced by Mary Martin in the original Broadway production and sung by Mitzi Gaynor in the 1958 film adaptation.

In the show, Nellie sings this song after being convinced that despite the racial differences between her and Emile, there is good in him. And so she is elated to be in love with him.

Rodgers and Hammerstein were as inspired by Mary Martin's personality as they were by the character of Nellie Forbush to write this song. They introduced it to Mary Martin one night when they were at Joshua Logan's house fine-tuning the script. Hammerstein wrote this song to express the exuberance of Nellie's character at this point in the show, and it carried over to Mary Martin's performance of it. Mary Martin was so thrilled that when she sang it on stage, she performed cartwheels on the stage at every turn of "I'm in love."

Other recordings[edit]

  • In 1967, Blossom Dearie recorded the song for her album Soon It's Gonna Rain.
  • In 1994, Julie Andrews recorded the song for her album Broadway: The Music Of Richard Rodgers.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song is featured in the 2008 video game Fallout 3. According to the game's credits, the recording is performed by Tex Beneke and Margaret Whiting in 1949. However, according to Tex Beneke's album Here's To The Ladies Who Sang With The Band, the featured artist is Claire Chatwin.[1]
  • The chorus of the song is performed a cappella by Megan Mullally's character Karen Walker on the sitcom Will & Grace season 6, episode 23 ("I Do, Oh, No, You Di-in't").[2]