Tah Dah! Playhouse finalizes its 2012 Season


From Playhouse Reports

La Jolla Playhouse announced its final production of the 2012 season will be, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” a world-premiere musical written and directed by Des McAnuff, Playhouse director emeritus (“Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Jersey Boys”), with music and lyrics by The Flaming Lips.

The show will run in November/December (dates TBA) in the Mandell Weiss Theatre.

Inspired by the psychedelic music of Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, the musical integrates music from several albums (“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” “The Soft Bulletin,” “At War with the Mystics”) with multiple Tony Award-winning director McAnuff’s poignant story about the triumph of love and optimism over the mystery of mortality.

Adrift from her family and lover, young Japanese artist 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?

The Playhouse’s complete 2012 season will feature:

— April 27-June 17:

Hands on a Hardbody,” world-premiere, commissioned musical

— June 12-July 8:

“Blood and Gifts”

— July 10-Aug. 5:

“The Nightingale”

— Aug. 11-Sept. 9:

“An Iliad”

— Sept. 18-Oct. 14: “Glengarry Glen Ross”

— November-December:

“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.”