I recently saw RENT yet again, and I’m curious as to the definitions and differences between the following:
How do directors/producers decide between the “star” and the understudy? The last time I saw RENT, an understudy played Roger, and he was great. Does that mean that the actor who really played Roger is that much better?
(Perhaps I should also note that I live in Baltimore, so I’m talking about national touring companies . . . if that makes a difference.)