The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi’ musical set to open in Los Angeles in late 2012

A musical based on The Flaming Lips' 2002 album 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' is set to open in Los Angeles later this year.

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A musical based on The Flaming Lips‘ 2002 album ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ is set to open in Los Angeles later this year.

The musical, which will run at the California city’s La Jolla Playhouse, is set to have its premiere in either November or December of this year.

The show is being directed by Des McAnuff and will feature songs from other albums by the Flaming Lips, including ‘The Soft Bulletin’ and ‘At War With The Mystics’.

It will tell the story of a young Japanese artist who journeys into a robot world where she must contend with a host of evil forces.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the musical’s book was originally set to be penned by The West Wing and The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin, but he withdrew from the project when it became apparent that the show’s dialogue would be entirely sung.

Speaking about the project, McAnuff said: “Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and I have been working on Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots for some time. Aaron Sorkin initially planned to write a book for the musical, but when it became clear that the musical would be ‘sung through,’ Aaron turned his attention to other projects. Wayne and I continue to fine tune the libretto and score for the musical which will go into rehearsal in La Jolla in the middle of September. We are both looking forward to Yoshimi with keen anticipation.”

The Flaming Lips will return to the UK this summer to headline this year’s Parklife Weekender in Manchester.

Dizzee Rascal, Crystal Castles, Nero, Noah And The Whale and Justice are among the other names that have been confirmed for the festival, which takes place on June 9 and 10 in Manchester’s Platts Fields Park.


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