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Flaming Lips’ ‘Yoshimi’ Musical Gets Premiere Date

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The Flaming Lips have made a habit of combining music with inspired acts of lunacy, and they’re getting closer to pulling off what might be the most inspired one yet: a musical stage adaptation of their 2002 album ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.’

The show, currently being assembled at the La Jolla Playhouse in Southern California, has announced a Nov. 6 premiere date. At the theater’s website, ‘Yoshimi’ is described as the musical journey of a “young Japanese artist” into “a fantastical robot-world where she wages a war with fate.”

As if that weren’t intriguing enough, the synopsis also promises a “poignant, humanistic story about the triumph of love and optimism over the mystery of our own mortality” as well as a “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.” Sounds like a fun night out at the theater, right?

The show is also currently casting, and if you’re a Lips-loving stage actor, now’s your chance to check out the call for pink robot battlers and see if you fit the bill. (Sample description, for the role of Yoshimi: “Must be comfortable as a dancer with lifts and contact. Must be comfortable with aerial work and heights.”)

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