Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is the best—and trippiest—Flaming Lips album, so it’s only appropriate that it’s the first choice to be adapted into a musical. After a few years in rumored production, it will debut later this year at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse, as the Los Angeles Times reports. Featuring “multimedia stage effects,Yoshimi “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.” (The jokes involving medicinal marijuana are way too easy, so let’s just move on.)
Though Aaron Sorkin was previously attached to the project, the musical will be written and directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar) and feature music from Lips albums The Soft Bulletin and At War With the Mystics in addition to those Yoshimi cuts. It’s probably for the better: Can you really imagine robot monsters walking and talking with Sorkin-ese efficiency? Through the La Jolla Playhouse, McAnuff released a sort-of hilarious statement explaining Sorkin’s absence. “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,” he wrote. Which, dude, it’s a musical. What could he have possibly been expecting?
Let’s just hope it’s made of stronger stuff than American Idiot, Rock of Ages, We Will Rock You, or any number of rock operas that our family members have dragged us to over the years. It can’t be better than Mamma Mia!, though, simply because ABBA is the greatest.