Published Mar 15, 2012We've been reporting that the Flaming Lips would be turning their 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots into a musical for several years now, with initial reports stemming back to 2007 and subsequent updates confirming that the project was still a go. Now, it looks as if the premiere of the long-anticipated project from the psych pop champs is imminent, since it's set to debut later this year in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the production will come to the city's La Jolla Playhouse in either November or December of this year. The musical will be directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who's Tommy), who also wrote it. Originally slated writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball) does not appear to be involved.
The musical version of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots seems to have a similar narrative to the album, as it concerns a young Japanese girl who ventures into a robot world and must battle evil. There will reportedly be "multimedia stage effects."
Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne previously said, "It'll be a big chunk of Flaming Lips music, probably about 30 songs. It's a big deal. It's hokey and wonderful and poignant and powerful. It's really become a perfect combination of my fantastical robot-world vision and little, internal, humanistic version of what that music is. I really believe it could work -- and luckily I don't have to do much!"
In addition to songs from the album it gets its name from, Yoshimi will include songs from 1999's The Soft Bulletin and 2006's At War with the Mystics, and possibly other Flaming Lips albums.