‘Transparent’ Musical Highlights Season of the Center Theater Group

The world premiere of a stage music adaptation of Amazon’s groundbreaking series Transparent will highlight the Center Theater Group’s 2022-23 season in Los Angeles, the company announced Thursday.

The production “A Transparent Musical” features characters from the original series about a 60-year-old parent in a Jewish family in Los Angeles who comes out as a transgender woman. The new musical comedy is billed as “a tale of self-discovery, acceptance and celebration.” Its world premiere will take place in May at the Mark Taper Forum.

Original series creator Joey Soloway and MJ Kaufman wrote the book, with music and lyrics by Faith Soloway (who wrote all four seasons of the television series and composed the songs for its finale). James Aslop (“Girls5eva”) is choreographing and Tina Landau (“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical”) is directing.

“My siblings and I dreamed of creating a stage musical that would bring the experiences of being trans and Jewish into a mainstream pop culture fantasy,” Joey Soloway said in a release.

The original series, inspired by the eventual transition of siblings Joey and Faith Soloway’s parents, was one of the first mainstream shows to focus on transgender issues when it premiered in 2014. It won eight Emmy Awards, and the New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley praised it as “an insightful, easygoing comedy told without piety or burlesque.” It was also the first scripted series to feature an alternate transgender character.

A Transparent Musical begins performances on May 20, 2023 and opens on May 31, with a limited run through June 25, 2023.

The Center Theater Group, a 55-year-old non-profit theater company, presents the world premiere of Larissa FastHorse’s comedy, Fake It Until You Make It (August 2-September 3, 2023), about shifters – people who exist in a world of more self-determination Identity. Also featured is Jane Wagner’s one-woman play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, starring Cecily Strong from Saturday Night Live (Sep 21 – Oct 23); Lynn Nottage’s Tony-nominated truck stop set comedy “Clyde’s” (Nov. 15 – Dec. 18); and a revival of Anna Deavere Smith’s “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” (March 8-April 9, 2023) at the Taper.

The productions are part of a Center Group season comprised exclusively of work by writers who identify as female, transgender or non-binary, most of whom are artists of color who took shape after the company celebrated its 10th annual show last fall Pieces 2021 -22 season, which contained only one work by a woman.

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