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Never one to duck a challenge, Arkansas Repertory Theatre Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp has chosen to re-create Les Miserables, the musical that not only was the Rep’s most popular production in its 38-year history, but is also the world’s longest-running musical, Jack W. Hill writes in Thursday's Arkansas Weekend section.

It’s a play that has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and, when a film version came out in 2012, Anne Hathaway won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

“ [In 2012] the movie was released at Christmastime, and in many ways I thought [it] was very spectacular, but in many ways the movie brought home the idea that the play was created for the stage, and for performers who have the vocal power to bring the emotion of the story to life," Hupp says about the show opening this weekend. "I was very eager to assemble a cast that could bring this story to life.”

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for the full story.

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