When the curtain came up at the Imperial Theatre and as the stage directions say "Lights up on a stage exploding in lights and energy. Five men dressed in fly suits and hair slicked like bullets are center stage. They move as smooth as melted butter on a biscuit;" and then they began to sing the familiar words "You've got a smile so bright/You know you could have been a candle," all I could think was, wow, the vocals aren't very tight for a Broadway show. And then I realized, the audience was...
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Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations returns to the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. Get your Ain't Too Proud Broadway tickets on New York Theatre Guide today.
The Temptations are undoubtedly one of the greatest R&B groups of all time. With over 40 studio albums released and a list of accolades that includes the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Awards, these Motown pioneers can now also add "Broadway Musical" to their ever-impressive résumé.
Featuring a book by Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations began its life at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, staging its world premiere from August to November 2017. The musical played a twice-extended engagement and broke records as the highest-grossing production in the theatre's history. The next stop saw Ain't Too Proud delighting crowds in Washington, D.C., playing a limited run at the Kennedy Center from June to July 2018, before moving back to California and playing the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from August to September 2018. The production then headed north of the border and held its Canadian premiere at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre from October to November 2018.
During its Los Angeles run, producers officially announced the Broadway premiere which would begin previews at the Imperial Theatre on February 28, 2019, ahead of an official opening on March 21, 2019.
It isn't the first time at the jukebox musical rodeo for director Des McAnuff, who previously helmed one of the highest-grossing jukebox musicals in history with Jersey Boys (and, more recently, was also at the helm of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), so, it's safe to say that Ain't Too Proud is in good hands. Time will tell if The Temptations generate the same kind of success that Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons did for so many years on the Great White Way, but they'll certainly be on "Cloud Nine" if they do!
The reopening cast stars Nik Walker (as Otis Williams), James Harkness (as Paul Williams), Jawan M. Jackson (as Melvin Franklin), Jelani Remy (as Eddie Kendricks), and Matt Manuel (as David Ruffin).
Charting the highs and lows of one of the cornerstone acts of Motown Records - indeed, in 1969 The Temptations became the first Motown act ever to win a Grammy Award - Ain't Too Proud tells the story behind the group's meteoric rise from humble Detroit beginnings to global fame and also the personal conflicts within the group that jeopardized it all. The musical is, of course, brimming with their greatest hits that have transcended generations, from "Get Ready" to "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)," from "You're My Everything" to "My Girl," and from "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" to "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."
And if that short selection of hits from this crowd-pleasing jukebox musical isn't enough to tempt you to spend an evening getting to know The Temptations, then we're not sure what is.
(Photos by Matthew Murphy)
Ain't Too Proud is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history — how they met, how they rose, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. This thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and so many more.
2hr 30min (incl. intermission)
February 28th, 2019
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The electrifying new musical that charts the rise of The Temptations, fueled by the dance moves and harmonies that propelled them to the top of the charts. (4+)
Cast and creative
By: Dominique Morisseau
Songs by: The Temptations
Director: Des McAnuff
Producer: Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce
Design: Robert Brill
Lighting: Howell Binkley
Costume: Paul Tazewell
Choreography: Sergio Trujillo
Sound: Steve Canyon Kennedy
Other info: Music Direction & Arrangements by Kenny Seymour, Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler, Projection
Design: by Peter Nigrini, Hair & Wig
Design: by Charles G. LaPointe, and Fight Direction by Steve Rankin
Latest Ain't Too Proud on Broadway News & Features
Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations will end its run at the Imperial Theatre after nearly three years on Broadway. As first announced on December 28, the show will close on January 16 after 488 regular performances and 21 preview performances.The show had previously canceled a week of performances in December due to breakthrough Covid-19 cases in the company, but Ain't Too Proud resumed performances on December 28. A reason for the show's permanent closure was not publicly...
Get ready! Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations will offer $42 tickets through both an in-person rush and a digital lottery. Both will begin when performances resume at the Imperial Theatre on October 16.Rush tickets will be available when the box office opens at 10 a.m. each day (except Sunday, when it opens at noon). Each customer may purchase up to two rush tickets for that night's performance. Tickets are subject to availability, and seating locations are determined by the...
Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations has announced its complete Broadway casting. The show will resume performances October 16 at the Imperial Theatre.All five actors playing The Temptations at the time of the Broadway shutdown in 2020 will return to their roles, including Nik Walker as Otis Williams, James Harkness as Paul Williams, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin, Matt Manuel as David Ruffin, and Jelani Remy as Eddie Kendricks. Jackson and Harkness have been in their...
Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations will resume performances at the Imperial Theatre this fall. Performances will recommence from Oct. 16, 2021, marking the first Broadway show to begin on a Saturday in over a decade. Find out more about Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations tickets on Broadway here."Ain't Too Proud has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our career, but over the past year, the Temptations' story of strength, hope, and standing up...
Welcome to Cloud Nine! The hugely popular jukebox musical Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations welcomes two new principal cast members to the Imperial Theatre tonight, as Nik Walker and Matt Manuel take over the roles of Otis Williams and David Ruffin, respectively. The original Tony-nominated cast members Derrick Baskin and Ephraim Sykes played their final performances on February 26, and Mr. Sykes is set to return to Broadway this summer to star as Michael Jackson in the...
Get Ready for new principal cast members in the hugely popular jukebox musical Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations! From February 28, 2020, the roles of Otis Williams and David Ruffin will be played by Nik Walker and Matt Manuel, respectively, with original Tony-nominated cast members Derrick Baskin and Ephraim Sykes set to play their final performances on February 26.Nik Walker has previously appeared in the Broadway and National Tour productions of Motown The Musical and...