The best Rose I ever saw was Ethel Merman. Lansbury may have been a better actress, but I thought she was a bit too dignified for the part. (Plus that business of continuing to bow after the applause for "Rosie's turn" had stopped -- it just didn't work for me.) Merman was down and dirty. After all these years, I can still remember the first act closing number. June has left the troupe. Rose's world has collapsed. But she summons her resources and decides she'll make Louise a star. Merman sang "Everything's Coming Up Roses" straight out to the audience, sitting on a railroad bench with Herbie and Louise on each side of her, both looking very uncomfortable at this sudden turn of events. Goosebumps. Gustave
PS. I've never seen a "Mr. Goldstone" number that topped the original in energy or humor.