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Theater director Hossein Parsaee calls Victor Hugo's classic a "masterpiece without borders," but his groundbreaking production of "Les Miserables" that's hit the stage in the Iranian capital has a few unique twists.Even if the blockbuster show in the luxurious Espinas Hotel feels a world away from the usual stereotypes about Iran, this is the capital of the Islamic Republic.With a cast, crew and orchestra of over 450, the production has played to sold-out 2,500-strong crowds for six nights a week since it debuted in November.The new production is being hailed as the most spectacular play yet staged in Iran, and arrives at a topical moment with the ongoing "yellow vest" protests in France.Parsaee, the play's director, said connecting with Tehran's elite was part of the point.He did precisely that, bringing "Oliver Twist" to the stage in Tehran last year.Now he's established a production company to train a new generation of musical directors.
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