“If you want to see a star...see this girl perform.”
It's been played by many actresses since, but never as convincingly as it is here by Amanda Lea LaVergne. If you want to see a star, get down to Sharon and see this girl perform.
She does the Merman bit of singing her choruses and tripping the light fantastic offstage to let the chorus dance their feet off and hearts out, then returns to sing the final chorus, do a buck and wing, and bring down the house. Unlike the Merm she also dances wonderfully well and makes the romance of the show comic and the comedy romantic. Merman depended on her overwhelming personality and her incredible vocal strengths to hold the stage but LaVergne is a more complete package. She can act, do comedy, sing and dance and take on the romantic clichés as though they were newly wrought.