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

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

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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)

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Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
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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.

Dominique Morisseau
Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce
Des McAnuff
Songs by:
The Temptations
Howell Binkley
Steve Canyon Kennedy
Robert Brill
Sergio Trujillo
Paul Tazewell
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
Available from: 
October 16, 2021
Booking to: 
January 16, 2022
January 16, 2022
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‘Ain’t Too Proud’ to close on Broadway
December 28, 2021

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 announced.

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'Ain't Too Proud' announces complete Broadway reopening cast
September 1, 2021

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 roles since the production opened on Broadway in 2019.

Photo credit: Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations cast (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
‘Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations’ to reopen at Imperial Theatre in October
May 10, 2021

Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations will resume performances at the Imperial Theatre this fall.

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March 25, 2020

As we "Get Ready" for Broadway theaters to re-open (hopefully sooner rather than later), we caught up with one of the stars of the smash hit musical Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations. Many Broadway fans will know Jelani Remy from his three-year-long run as Simba in Disney's The Lion King on the Great White Way, but in the last couple of years, the young New Jersey native has left the comfort of the Disney Theatrical nest in search of new theatrical opportunities.

Ephraim Sykes in Ain't Too Proud
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May 14, 2019

The Broadway premiere of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations is bringing all the hits to the Imperial Theatre. Following regional productions at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and in Toronto, the story of Motown’s all-conquering Temptations landed in New York and began performances on February 28, 2019 and officially opened to rave reviews on March 21.

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

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.