Thanks for starting this thread and posting the links, DD. It’s great to revisit this classic Bob Fosse number in three different interpretations.
In watching the clips - and they’re all fantastic - each lady is supremely talented - I’m struck by how natural and effortless Liza’s performance is. I’ve seen it a million times and am thrilled by it each and every time.
Of the three, Liza seems like the most natural fit for Fosse’s style, and her acting isn’t as broad as Rachelle Rak’s. Rak takes the sex kitten persona over the top, in my opinion, while Liza has a more slyly sleazy vibe.
As for the dancing, during the instrumental section that begins about 2’30” in, Liza’s movement seems so natural and organic that she could be improvising rather than performing the extraordinarily intricate and detailed choreography that Fosse set on her. I have the sense that Rak is performing choreography - albeit performing it masterfully. Lewis’ dancing is very sharp and precise, maybe too much so (if that’s possible.)
I always felt Fosse & Liza were an iconic pairing. My absolute favorite Fosse/Liza number is Mein Herr in Cabaret. I don’t think Liza’s performance of that number will ever be bettered.