Something Wonderful: Top Ten Songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein

By Ben Rimalower
01 Feb 2014

 

 

6. "I'm In Love with A Wonderful Guy" from South Pacific

Cynics may balk at the character Nellie Forbush's corniness "I'm In Love with A Wonderful Guy," but she calls herself out on it right there in the lyrics, proclaiming, "I'm as corny as Kansas in August." That's the point. The genius of the song is the opening verse ("I expect everyone of my crowd to make fun of my proud protestations of faith in romance"), which tells us Nellie knows she's being cheesy. It's not that she's dumb or ignorant — it's just that she's so much in love. If the actress can make the connection with that set-up, then we can go with her on the ride of her high in this peak experience, the honeymoon phase of a relationship at its most joyous, celebrated passionately with Rodgers & Hammerstein's peerless relish.

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