Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations

Tickets are on sale now for Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway.

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… Get Ready, New York City!

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!

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)

Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
Categories: 
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About Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations:

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.

By:
Dominique Morisseau
Producer:
Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce
Director:
Des McAnuff
Songs by:
The Temptations
Lighting:
Howell Binkley
Sound:
Steve Canyon Kennedy
Design:
Robert Brill
Choreography:
Sergio Trujillo
Costume:
Paul Tazewell
Cast list:
Derrick Baskin (as Otis Williams), James Harkness (as Paul Williams), Jawan M. Jackson (as Melvin Franklin), Jeremy Pope (as Eddie Kendricks), and Ephraim Sykes (as David Ruffin), with Esther Antoine, Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Curtis Wiley, and Candice Marie Woods
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
Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
February 28, 2019
Opening date: 
March 21, 2019
Booking to: 
November 24, 2019
MatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday-7pm
Wednesday2pm8pm
Thursday-7pm
Friday-8pm
Saturday2pm8pm
Sunday3pm-

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Latest Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations News & Features

Ephraim Sykes in Ain't Too Proud
Official Broadway production photos released for Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations
March 22, 2019

We Ain't Too Proud to Beg for new Broadway production photos... so, we did! Check out the newly released shots of Broadway's latest bio-musical Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations, whihc officially opened at the Imperial Theatre last night, following previews from February 28.

Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope & Ephraim Sykes in Ain't Too Proud
Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations begins performances on Broadway
February 28, 2019

Get Ready! Broadway's latest bio-musical Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations begins previews at the Imperial Theatre tonight, ahead of an official opening on March 21. Featuring a book by Dominique Morisseau and an iconic score of legendary Temptations songs such as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” Ain't Too Proud is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo.

Derrick Baskin, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson, Ephraim Sykes & James Harkness in Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations
Complete Broadway cast announced for Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
November 7, 2018

Producers of the celebrated new bio-musical Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations have now announced complete casting for the Broadway premiere, which, as previously announced, is set to play the Imperial Theatre., beginning previews on February 28, 2019, before an official opening on March 21.

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