La Jolla Playhouse
presents Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, a world-premiere musical featuring a story by The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne
and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff
(Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar), music and lyrics by The Flaming Lips, and direction by Des McAnuff
. The show is currently running through December 16, 2012 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below.
The cast features many returning Playhouse favorites, including Kimiko Glenn
(The Nightingale) as "Yoshimi," and several Jesus Christ Superstar alumni: Tom Hewitt
(Zhivago, Dracula, The Musical) as "Dr. Peterson," Paul Nolan
as "Ben" and ensemble members Mary Antonini
, Laurin Padolina
, Jaz Sealy, Jason Sermonia
and Julius Sermonia
. The Playhouse
also welcomes back Pearl Sun
(The Seven) as "Mrs. Yasukawa" and ensemble member Albert Guerzon
Seven local actors join the cast, including ensemble members Richard Bulda, LaMae Caparas and Jonny Wexler; swings Chelsea Diggs-Smith (The Nightingale) and Christopher Cortex; and two UC San Diego M.F.A. students: Katie McGehee and Jack Mikesell.
Additional cast members include Nik Walker as "Booker," John Haggerty as "Mr. Yasukawa," and ensemble members Michael Balderrama, Emmanuel Brown, Ian Paget, Vasthy Mompoint, Catherine Ricafort, Vanden Thurgood and Jesse Wildman.
The creative team includes Des McAnuff, Director; Ron Melrose (Jersey Boys, The Wiz), Musical Supervisor; Bradley Rapier (Jesus Christ Superstar), Choreographer; Robert Brill (Jesus Christ Superstar, Creditors, The Wiz), Scenic Designer; Paul Tazewell (Jesus Christ Superstar, Private Fittings), Costume Designer; Michael Walton, Lighting Designer; Steve Canyon Kennedy (Hands on a Hardbody, Jersey Boys), Sound Designer, Sean Nieuwenhuis (Jesus Christ Superstar), Projection Designer; Basil Twist (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dogugaeshi), Puppet Designer; Steve Rankin, Fight Director; and Gabriel Greene, Dramaturg.
Tickets to Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots are available online at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or by calling The Playhouse Box Office at (858) 550-1010.
Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Nik Walker and Kimiko Glenn
Paul Nolan and Kimiko Glenn
Kimiko Glenn and Company
Nik Walker, Kimiko Glenn and Tom Hewitt