Center Theatre Group officially opens its world premiere of A Transparent Musical May 30 at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. Performances began May 23. Based on the Amazon Prime series Transparent, the stage work will continue its run through June 25.
The musical 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.
Leading the cast as Maura Pfefferman is Daya Curley, starring alongside Adina Verson (Only Murders in the Building) as Ali Pfefferman, Liz Larsen (Beautiful) as Shelley 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 cast are Samora la Perdida, Justin Rivers, Futaba Shioda, Natalie Weiss, Robert Pieranunzi, Jimmy Ray Bennett, Pat Towne, and Dahlya Glick.
The four-season series 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.
The production features scenic design by Adam 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 features orchestrations by John Clancy, and Julie McBride serves as arranger, music director, and conductor. Casting is by The Telsey Company's Patrick Goodwin and Charlie Hano with additional casting by Michael Donovan and Richie Ferris. David S. Franklin is production stage manager.
A Transparent Musical joins just 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.