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‘Transparent’ to end as musical

July 29,2019
LOS ANGELES - Wrapping up five seasons of an award-winning series with a musical is a risk that only Amazon’s “Transparent’’ could take.

Risks are part of the show’s DNA, said series creator Jill Soloway.

“We were all just kind of flying in our risk spaces,’’ Soloway said of creating the finale. “Today, we are still flying in our risk spaces by having made a musical as a way to say farewell to this family.’’

Actor Jay Duplass added that, after several seasons of pushing boundaries, upon hearing the idea he thought: “That’s nuts, and it totally makes sense, and that’s what we have to do.’’

Soloway joined sibling and executive producer Faith Soloway, as well as the cast of the Amazon series, during a Television Critics Association meeting to talk about the fitting conclusion for the characters as they mourn the loss of one of the show’s central characters.

The finale begins with the death of Maura, played by Jeffrey Tambor, who left the show last year after allegations of sexual harassment on set.

Approaching the death of Tambor’s character with a musical gave the cast a creative outlet to also mourn their own loss, Jill Soloway said.

“Our cast is mourning Maura, and as actors and creators, we’re mourning what happened with our show,” Jill Soloway said on Tambor’s exit.

“It was a chance to heal together,’’ she added.

The “Transparent’’ musical finale, which debuts Sept. 27, concludes a series that broke barriers with its representation of LGBTQ characters on screen.

AP