I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy
|"A Wonderful Guy"|
|Song from South Pacific|
|Songwriter(s)||Oscar Hammerstein II|
"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."
- Hit recordings in 1949 were by Margaret Whiting (No. 12 in the Billboard charts), Fran Warren (#17) and by Dinah Shore (#22).
- On September 22, 1952, Diana Miller with Varietéorkestern Cond.: Åke Jelving, recorded the song in Stockholm. It was released on the 78 rpm record His Master's Voice X 7829.
- In 1960, Doris Day recorded the song in her album Show Time.
- Keely Smith performed the song for the Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre version of "South Pacific" in 1963.
- In 1967, Blossom Dearie recorded the song for her album Soon It's Gonna Rain.
In popular culture
- The song is featured in the 2008 video game Fallout 3 and reprised in the 2015 video game Fallout 4. According to the game's credits, the recording was recorded by Tex Beneke's orchestra in 1949. Tex Beneke's album, Here's To the Ladies (Who Sang With the Band), adds the featured vocalist as Claire Chatwin.
- 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").
- The very first scene in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is Rachel Bloom's character, Rebecca, performing in the chorus of her camp production of South Pacific during this song. Ten years later, once she sees Josh Chan, the chorus of "I'm in love" repeats in her head when she sees him.
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- TV.com. "Will & Grace: I Do, Oh, No, You Di-in't - Season 6, Episode 23". TV.com. Retrieved 2012-01-11.