Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Date 1957
Source West Side Story (musical)
Publisher Chappell & Co. Inc.; The Leonard Bernstein Music Pub. Co. LLC

"I Feel Pretty," the opening number of the second act of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's musical West Side Story, is an unironic song about how being loved can make a person feel more beautiful. The song has been used in several comic sketches performed by the Muppets.


The Ed Sullivan Show

  • performed as an instrumental on the April 30, 1967 appearance, in which a woman named Amanda tries to change her looks using a self-help book in order to gain the affection of Conrad Love.

Sesame Street

The Muppet Show

  • performed by a Whatnot woman on episode 109. This sketch is a remake of the one seen on Julie on Sesame Street, but featuring different characters (Beautiful Day Monster replaces Frazzle here). The song, which also begins with several bars of "Tonight" as well as an instrumental version of "Maria," was performed by Fran Brill as the pretty woman, whose voice grows hoarser with every line and corresponding change to her appearance, until Jim Henson eventually takes over as the voice of her ugly, monster self. This version of the sketch was illustrated in The Muppet Show Book, but with Mean Mama replacing Beautiful Day Monster.




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