The world premiere of A Transparent Musical, based on the Amazon Prime series Transparent, is underway in Los Angeles—the production officially opened May 31 at the Mark Taper Forum, produced by Center Theatre Group. The work features a book by MJ Kaufman (Jagged Little Pill) and series creator Joey Soloway and a score by Faith Soloway. Tina Landau (SpongeBob SquarePants) is directing with choreography by James Alsop.
Get a look at the production with Broadway Beautiful star Liz Larsen as Shelly Pfefferman revealing "The Secret to a Marriage," filmed live on stage at Mark Taper Forum, above.
“In A Transparent Musical, the whole Pfefferman family is coming to terms with Maura’s identity, but also their own," says Larsen. "In 'The Secret to a Marriage,' not only does the audience understand [how] Maura and Shelly’s relationship was, but also how heads of families determine how children view their own relationships and identities. Getting to play Shelly every night is a blessing, but being surrounded by so many wonderful performers with the company of A Transparent Musical is a magical experience. These stories are profound and hilarious. So go to the Mark Taper Forum and see the world premiere of this very special musical through June 25. It will break your heart and make you laugh out loud."
The four-season TV series Transparent following the Pfeffermans—a Jewish family living in Los Angeles, and their lives following Maura's self discovery of being a Trans woman—concluded with a musical film titled Transparent: Musicale Finale. The stage musical tells a new story from the perspective of the youngest Pfefferman, Ali. It's based on siblings Joey Soloway and Faith Soloway's real family story, of when their parent came out later in life.
Leading the cast as Maura Pfefferman is Daya Curley, starring alongside Adina Verson (Only Murders in the Building) as Ali Pfefferman, Larsen (Beautiful) as Shelly Pfefferman, Zachary Prince (Honeymoon in Vegas) as Josh Pfefferman, Sarah Stiles (Tootsie) as Sarah Pfefferman, Kasper (Amina) as Ezra, Peppermint (RuPaul's Drag Race, Head Over Heels) as Davina, and Murphy Taylor Smith (Love in Hate Nation) as Rabbi Raquel. Also in the company are Samora la Perdida, Justin Rivers, Futaba Shioda, Emily Goglia, Robert Pieranunzi, Jimmy Ray Bennett, Pat Towne, Dahlya Glick, Emily Goglia, Alanna Darby, Ty-Gabriel Jones, and Jonathan Ritter.
The production features scenic design by Rigg, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Kai Harada, projection design by Yee Eun Nam, and wig design by Matthew Armentrout. The score includes orchestrations by John Clancy, with Julie McBride serving as arranger, music director, and conductor. Casting is by The Telsey Company's Patrick Goodwin and Charlie Hano with additional casting by Michael Donovan Casting's Michael Donovan and Richie Ferris. David S. Franklin is production stage manager.
A Transparent Musical joins a handful of musicals to be adapted from TV shows, a list that includes Happy Days - A New Musical, Gilligan's Island: The Musical, the forthcoming Rogers: The Musical, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, The SpongeBob Musical, and The Great British Bake Off Musical.
The run continues through June 25. Visit CenterTheatreGroup.org.