Broadway obsessives, who will go to shows dozens of times, say they appreciate the energy and perspective understudies bring to their roles. Not unlike baseball fans who attend minor-league games to see the sport’s rising prospects, they also admit to taking a kind of geeky pleasure in “collecting” understudies, noting which ones they have seen in which roles over the life of a production.
.. the Broadway equivalent of, say, sightings of a rarely seen owl among bird-watchers.
.. “Understudies always bring something completely different” to the part, Ms. Goldstein said, adding that when she makes plans to see a show, she considers it a plus if there is a fill-in.
.. fans like her “just want to support the show by supporting the people who are less celebrated in it.”