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Perez Reviews: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

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Did you hear that The Flaming Lips have a new musical? Yup! It's currently playing at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. We saw it this weekend and we enjoyed Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots so much that afterwards we made a donation to the theater to help support their amazing work.

There is NO WAY the Playhouse is making any money on Yoshimi. This show is expensive!!!!!!!

It cost so much to develop the amazing puppets in the show. And the production is BIG! This is not cheap by any means! But, because of the support of their donors and subscribers - and thanks to their success transferring shows to Broadway - the La Jolla Playhouse is able to put on a production like Yoshimi.

A Broadway run is not guaranteed, but it sure looks good for this show! It still needs work, though, and the Playhouse is the perfect place to do that.

The show is a love story and a death story. In it, the titular character is torn between two men and torn between sickness and health - as she battles for her life against cancer.

The music in Yoshimi is soooooo good! Even if you're not a Flaming Lips fan, you will enjoy it! And, thankfully, Bill Brendle did an amazing job with the orchestrations and Ron Melrose with the music direction! Performing contemporary music that sounds modern in Broadway-type shows can be tricky. But thankfully the Yoshimi team made it seem effortless! They made a 5 piece band sound like a full orchestra, without feeling canned or mechanical.

And the puppets by Basil Twist are out of this world amazing!

The set and the way scenic designer Robert Brill transforms the stage is equally stunning. Such an exquisite use of color!

The book and plot still need some work. For example, Act 1 is super cool but things get schmaltzy and unnecessary cheesily sentimental in Act 2.

Also, there is some brief nudity in Act 1 that is gratuitous and if they removed it, the show would instantly appeal to younger audiences as well. They will be dazzled by the flying robots!

The male lead, Paul Nolan, recently played Jesus in the La Jolla's production of Superstar, which later transferred to Broadway. And while he was good in that show, he lacks the charm needed to pull of the role of Ben in Yoshimi. We would recast him for a Broadway run.

Kimiko Glenn, however, is stellar as Yoshimi!

We can't wait to see this show again and see how it's changed/improved! But a VERY GOOD start for all involved!

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5 comments to “Perez Reviews: Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

  1. AnnaG says – reply to this


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    Um, what about that dude who played the stock broker, the other boyfriend? Me and my mom fell in looooove with him! I hope he transfers with it, such a great show!



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    "so much that afterwards we made a donation to the theater to help support their amazing work. "{

    I'm sure they appreciated the 2 dollar bill.

  3. Ben Lambert says – reply to this


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    Hope This Does Make It To Broadway ! Sounds GREAT !

  4. NecieMo says – reply to this


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    I enjoyed the spectacle and the music, but the plot–or lack thereof–is a mess. They need to rethink the no-dialogue approach, give the parents something to do, lose the two-boys conflict, and establish a reason for us to give a crap about Yoshimi. Bring Sorkin back–this is a winning visual and aural experience but it is thoroughly hobbled by the inexplicable decision to try to carry all the narrative weight through lyrics alone.



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    "Also, there is some brief nudity in Act 1 that is gratuitous and if they removed it, the show would instantly appeal to younger audiences as well. They will be dazzled by the flying robots!"

    I agree with your point, it was pointless and it ruined the show for kids, but you're not giving due credence to the gratuitous nudity because, yes, it was awesome. The hot Asian woman is extremely under-appreciated in America. Main stream media never showcases the hot Asian chick…it's a thing of beauty. And yes it was completely unnecessary. But like you said the story didn't make sense to begin with so why not let the beautiful woman get naked.