"Best in the business"

Amanda Lea LaVergne is about the best in the business at pre-Rodgers and Hammerstein musical comedy. Not only can she dance (can she ever), but her vocal interpretations of love ballads—“Embraceable You” and “But Not for Me”—combine sensitivity and power in rare combination. (Where does she get that big voice out of that 110-pound frame?) She’s perfect with Boccitto and he’s perfect with her, especially in the fall-in-love duet “Shall We Dance.”