PHOTO CALL: Tom Hewitt, Paul Nolan and Kimiko Glenn Star in Flaming Lips' Musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
By Krissie Fullerton
Stars of Des McAnuff's Canadian and Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar are featured in the other-worldly production of his new musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, featuring the music of The Flaming Lips. The world-premiere staging began previews Nov. 6 at La Jolla Playhouse.
The cast features Kimiko Glenn in the title role of Yoshimi, Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt (Zhivago, The Rocky Horror Show, Dracula, The Musical and Pilate in JCS) as Dr. Peterson, Paul Nolan (Jesus in JCS) as Ben and JCS ensemble members Mary Antonini, Laurin Padolina, Jaz Sealey, Jason Sermonia and Julius Sermonia. Returning to the Playhouse are Pearl Sun (The Seven) as Mrs. Yasukawa and Albert Guerzon (The Wiz).
Seven resident actors performing include 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 are 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.
Here is a look at the production:
Here's how LJP bills Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots: "Yoshimi is a young artist facing the battle of her life: the battle for her life. Adrift from her family and lover, Yoshimi journeys alone into a fantastical robot-world where she wages a war with fate. Her will to survive must be powerful enough to master the evil forces that threaten to destroy her. Inspired by the psychedelic music of Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips, this world premiere musical integrates music from several albums — 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,' 'The Soft Bulletin,' 'At War with the Mystics' — with Coyne and multiple Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff's poignant, humanistic story about the triumph of love and optimism over the mystery of our own mortality."For more information, please visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org
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