Rehearsals are underway for the upcoming world premiere of A Transparent Musical, playing Center Theatre Group at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum May 20–June 25, with opening night set for May 31. Adapted from the Amazon Prime series, the new work features a book by MJ Kaufman (Jagged Little Pill) and series creator Joey Soloway and a score by Faith Soloway. Tina Landau is directing with choreography by James Alsop.
Get a first listen to "Chosen Family" from the new score, featuring production stars Daya Curley and Peppermint, above.
"I'm excited people will get to experience a bit of what we have been working on for the past several months at A Transparent Musical," says Peppermint. "The song ‘Chosen Family’ is obviously about building strong community, but on a deeper level it is about sisterhood and perseverance when our birth families have a hard time understanding or connecting with us. The feeling of family and the need to belong is very universal, but it's important that we as trans people articulate what it's like in this very moment. I never thought I would see the day when drag performances were being banned and transgender healthcare would be criminalized. The landscape for LGBTQ+ people when told by politicians looks bleak, but LGBTQ+ lives, and therefore our stories, are some of the most colorful, especially when told with the type of flare that only a queer person can deliver. I learned so much about myself through my community, better known as my chosen family. I'm so thrilled to share the beautiful story of Transparent with Los Angeles audiences this summer."
"Growing up in the '60s and '70s, it was difficult to recognize and embrace my own differences, let alone find my tribe or my ‘chosen family,’" adds Curley. "Being part of this musical and experiencing this song is like going back in time and giving a gift to a younger, insecure, and lonely version of myself who desperately wanted to be in communion with people who understood. I can’t wait for audiences to be a part of A Transparent Musical this May and June at the Mark Taper Forum. This song is just one of many powerful works created that people could relate to. My hope is that people learn and grow from this thought-provoking, timely, and relevant production."
The four-season series followed the Pfeffermans, a Jewish family living in Los Angeles, and their lives following Maura's self discovery of being a trans woman, concluding with a musical film titled Transparent: Musicale Finale. This stage musical tells a new story from the perspective of the youngest Pfefferman, Ali.
Curley leads the cast as Maura Pfefferman, with Peppermint (RuPaul's Drag Race, Head Over Heels) as Davina. They share the stage with 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, 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 production will feature 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 will feature 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 Casting's Michael Donovan and Richie Ferris. David S. Franklin will be production stage manager.
Tickets are currently on sale at CenterTheatreGroup.org.