There’s never really a bad time to go to San Diego, but fans of Flaming Lips and legitmate theater might want to make plans some time between November 6 and December 16, when The La Jolla Playhouse will be premiering Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The musical, which will incorporate music from different albums in the band’s catalog, promises to at the very least be an interesting experience. The big question is whether the pop sensibilities of this show will translate any better than Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but Yoshimi arrives with an audience much more amenable to following the whims of its creator. Here’s the press release for the show:
Yoshimi is a young Japanese artist facing the battle of her life: the battle for her life. Adrift from her family and lover, Yoshimi journeys alone into a fantastical robot-world where she wages a war with fate. Will her will to survive be powerful enough to master the evil forces that threaten to destroy her? Inspired by the whimsical and psychedelic music of Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, this world premiere musical integrates music from several albums (“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” “The Soft Bulletin,” “At War with the Mystics”) with Coyne and multiple Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff’s poignant, humanistic story about the triumph of love and optimism over the mystery of our own mortality. The result is dazzling, multi-media experience that offers an allegory of our modern battle for progressive thought and individuality in the face of blind acceptance and conformity.