“A Transparent Musical” | World Premiere at Mark Taper Forum

The new show “A Transparent Musical” with book by MJ Kaufman and Joey Soloway and music and lyrics by Faith Soloway plays the Mark Taper Forum through June 25, 2023

PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | From L to R: Liz Larsen, Zachary Prince, Daya Curley, Adina Verson, and Sarah Stiles in the world premiere of "A Transparent Musical" at Mark Taper Forum May 23 through June 25, 2023.
PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | From L to R: Liz Larsen, Zachary Prince, Daya Curley, Adina Verson, and Sarah Stiles in the world premiere of "A Transparent Musical" at Mark Taper Forum May 23 through June 25, 2023.

From the creators of the hit Amazon series, a groundbreaking and timely new musical that is delightfully queer, unapologetically Jewish, and radically joyful, “A Transparent Musical” makes its world premiere at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum May 23 through June 25, 2023.  “A Transparent Musical” includes the book by MJ Kaufman and Joey Soloway and music and lyrics by Faith Soloway. James Alsop choreographs, and Tina Landau directs the innovative and irresistible new musical comedy based on the hit Amazon Prime original TV show by Joey Soloway.

The cast for this remarkable theatrical experience includes Adina Verson as Ali Pfefferman, Daya Curley  as Maura Pfefferman, Liz Larsen as Shelly Pfefferman, Zachary Prince as Josh Pfefferman, Sarah Stiles  as Sarah Pfefferman, Kasper as Ezra, Peppermint as Davina, and Murphy Taylor Smith as Rabbi Raquel plus Samora la Perdida, Justin Rivers, Futaba Shioda, Robert Pieranunzi, Jimmy Ray Bennett, Pat Towne, Dahlya Glick, and Emily Goglia.

PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | From L to R: Sarah Stiles, Adina Verson, and Zachary Prince (center) and the cast of "A Transparent Musical" in the world premiere of "A Transparent Musical" at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum May 23 through June 25, 2023.
PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | From L to R: Sarah Stiles, Adina Verson, and Zachary Prince (center) and the cast of “A Transparent Musical” in the world premiere of “A Transparent Musical” at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum May 23 through June 25, 2023.

“When we planned the 2022-2023 Season, we knew that ‘A Transparent Musical’ was an important story to be shared on the Mark Taper Forum stage. Coupled with this stellar cast, under the helm of Tina Landau and James Alsop, and current events, this musical is something that we all need,” said Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director Kelley Kirkpatrick. “‘A Transparent Musical’ marks the first time that a story written by transgender and nonbinary artists – Joey Soloway, MJ Kaufman, and Faith Soloway – will be at the Taper reflecting a community and a moment that has never been told on our stages.”

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PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | From L to R: Sarah Stiles, Adina Verson, and Zachary Prince (center) and the cast of "A Transparent Musical" in the world premiere of "A Transparent Musical" at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum May 23 through June 25, 2023.
PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | From L to R: Daya Curley and Adina Verson in the world premiere of “A Transparent Musical” at Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum May 23 through June 25, 2023.

Audiences will follow the “Transparent” story through the Pfefferman family’s youngest child Ali Pfefferman, played by Adina Verson, as they navigate the ups and downs of self-discovery. Ali’s Los Angeles Jewish family is filled with secrets, but when their parent, Maura – played by Daya Curley – transitions to the transgender matriarch she always knew she was, the family is forced to confront their own identities and navigate their relationships with each other. Through a revelatory story of acceptance and self-expression, “A Transparent Musical” explores the intersection of Jewish and queer history while celebrating the imperfectly human and startlingly familiar aspects of a universally relatable family.

Tickets for “A Transparent Musical” are currently on sale and start at $35. They are available through CenterTheatreGroup.org, Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Offices (at the Ahmanson Theatre) at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012. Performances run Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.