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In this image released by Warner Bros. Records, musician Wayne Coyne is shown in a scene from Christmas on Mars.
In this image released by Warner Bros. Records, musician Wayne Coyne is shown in a scene from Christmas on Mars.

Nestruck on Theatre

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The Flaming Lips musical is getting closer to reality, according to singer Wayne Coyne.

Directed by Stratford Shakespeare Festival artistic director Des McAnuff, the long-in-gestation stage adaptation of the American psychedelic band's 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is now "in the early stages of production", Coyne told Billboard.

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A spokesperson from Stratford confirmed that McAnuff will head down to his old theatre in California - the La Jolla Playhouse, where the project is being developed - to work with the musical director for a few days after opening the current festival season. A premiere date, however, has not yet been set.

McAnuff has had Broadway success shepherding popular music to the stage twice in the past - with his 1993 production of The Who's Tommy and his current international hit, Jersey Boys, about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots "has really become a perfect combination of my fantastical robot-world vision and [McAnuff's]little, internal, humanistic version of what that music is," Coyne said. "I really believe it could work -- and luckily I don't have to do much!"

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