‘Transparent Musicale Finale’: This Character Comes Out As Nonbinary, These Two Get Together
It has been two years since season 4 of Transparent. Fans have been waiting to see how the Pfeffermans end up. It will be without Jeffrey Tambor as the trans parent Maura, but Transparent Musicale Finale is finally here. Transparent creator Jill Soloway wrote a musical movie, with songs by their sibling Faith Soloway, to wrap up the Pfefferman saga.
Maura dies in the very beginning. The Pfeffermans and Maura’s trans family gather to mourn and deal with her will, through song. Soloway was on a Television Critics Association panel for Transparent Musicale Finale where she spoke about how it all ends. Transparent Musicale Finale premieres Friday, September 27 on Amazon Prime.
Which Pfefferman is nonbinary in ‘Transparent Musicale Finale’?
Transparent was groundbreaking for making a trans character the lead of a series, and featuring a cast of trans actors. Soloway said they always imagined one Pfefferman could be nonbinary, and they are in the Musicale Finale.
“I did always think that Ali could end up maybe being nonbinary so that happens,” Soloway said.
Which two character will finally get together?
One straight relationship has been a big will they/won’t they for Transparent. Many think Josh (Jay Duplass) was a fool to let Raquel (Kathryn Hahn) slip through his fingers. Soloway agreed and Hahn is back.
“Of course, I wanted Josh and Raquel to get together,” Soloway said. “There are so many things I never could have imagined, especially the singing and the dancing and the music in the finale, but life just keeps surprising me and this movie has been a huge surprise for all of us as well.”
Jill Soloway had to learn to shoot a musical
Jill and Faith Soloway had put on musical performances at Joe’s Pub, but Jill Soloway had never filmed a musical before.
“I loved it,” Soloway said. “I loved being in my risk space so I had to learn how to shoot choreography. We used cranes and we had to shoot multiple cameras and getting footsteps and figuring out how to do it. I love being in the flow of learning something that I don’t understand so it really felt like heaven. It was so fun.”
Soloway had help from her cinematographer too.
“Over the past few years, we had been talking about where the camera goes. Jim Frohna, the cinematographer, we would say, ‘The camera is Shelley or the camera is Sarah or the camera is Ali.’ Sometimes when we didn’t have a person who the scene belonged to and we sort of just wanted it to belong to the goddess or the world, we would call it Shakina cam. For those of you who are Jewish, you know that shekinah means the divine feminine. So it would sort of mean, like, goddess cam.”Jill Soloway, Television Critics Association panel, 7/28/19
‘Transparent Musicale Finale’ is still very Jewish
Through all the trans and sexuality with which Transparent deals, the Pfeffermans are also a Jewish family. Transparent Musicale Finale deals with their Judaism too.
“The Pfeffermans are always talking about Jewish pain,” Soloway said. “There’s a kind of Jewish pain through-line running through here including that evil eye Jewish question, ‘Oh, if we’re having too much fun, something bad is going to happen. This is too good. Golden Globes and Emmys. It’s coming for us.”
So it’s more about Jewish guilt than practicing Judaism.
“This movie goes straight at that question with songs that Faith wrote,” Jill Soloway said. “This idea that our legacy of pain, our legacy of feeling like we deserve it, like it’s our fault needs to be exploded. The movie just attempts over and over and over again and finally succeeds I hope in offering something other than a legacy of pain and self-blame.”
Faith Soloway’s songs were based on the Soloway family. They adapted them for the Pfeffermans.
“At that time Faith was workshopping songs,” Jill Soloway said. “Faith has been writing these songs that come from the heart of the Soloway family saga. So it wasn’t just like we stuck some songs onto Transparent. We had been dreaming of a Broadway musical one day, and we were starting to kind of imagine the Pfefferman family singing.”