The New York Times explained that "Mr. Sondheim…has said he was never particularly fond of his lyrics in 'West Side Story,' especially 'I Feel Pretty ' ", later expressing that "The idea of the song is so simple". The original stage version of the lyrics were I Feel Pretty - Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story (The Original Sound Track Recording) in the making of the movie version of West Side Story due to a change in the scene's occurrence.
In the movie this night scene was changed to the daytime, so the rhyming words "bright" and "tonight" were changed to "gay" and "today". The song was cut from the Broadway revival in order to streamline the plot and condense it to a minute intermissionless show.
In the musical, Maria is not yet aware that her love, Tony, has just killed her brother Bernardo, while in the film version, the song occurs before Bernardo's death.
In the bridal shop where she works, Maria sings about being happy and feeling beautiful because she is "loved by a pretty wonderful boy", while her coworkers tease her about her silly behavior.
Robert Cummings of AllMusic comments that the song "features one of Bernstein's more memorable melodies: its first four notes, deliciously rhythmic in their rising Time To Rock (DJs @ Work Remix) - Gabry Ponte - Time To Rock, repeat, then are reduced to three, then to two. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics deftly capture Maria's bliss and newfound sense of confidence".
Birmingham Mail described the song as "delightful",  while The Tab deemed it a "classic". The song has been covered by many artists,  including Annie Ross and Julie Andrews.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the film, see I Feel Pretty film. The New York Times. March 29, [March 15, ]. Retrieved William Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet.
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