Julie Stevens (no login) Posted Oct 4, 2008 11:49 AM
Wow, if I were the understudy, I would be totally offended by the director's comment:
"Drew has done an incredible job, but understudies are not cast or hired as replacements. They are hired to take care of a worst-case scenario," Lansberry said. "This is such an epic production for us, and I wanted to make sure that it stays an epic event for our remaining audiences."
I know many understudies on Broadway who are just as talented as the lead but are hired as the understudy because they are so reliable, talented and able to play multiple roles. Choosing an understudy is not taken lightly by directors or producers and many understudies end up replacing the lead when they leave the show. Perhaps the director of this production of "Les Mis" didn't do HIS job and choose an understudy who was not ready.