Ephraim Sykes, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson, James Harkness & Derrick Baskin in Ain't Too Proud

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations begins performances on Broadway

Ain't Too Proud is scheduled for an official opening on March 21 at Broadway's Imperial Theatre.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

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.

Synopsis: "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."

The complete cast of Ain't Too Proud includes 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), alongside Esther AntoineSaint AubynShawn BowersE. Clayton CorneliousRodney Earl Jackson Jr.Taylor Symone JacksonJahi KearseJarvis B. Manning Jr.Joshua MorganRashidra ScottNasia ThomasChristian ThompsonCurtis Wiley, and Candice Marie Woods.

The creative team behind Ain't Too Proud features musical direction & arrangements by Kenny Seymour, orchestrations by Drama Desk Award winner Harold Wheeler, scenic design by Tony Award nominee Robert Brill, costume design by Tony Award winner Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Tony Award winner Steve Canyon Kennedy, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini, hair & wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and fight direction by Steve Rankin.

The world premiere of Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations was staged at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in fall 2017, where it smashed records as the highest grossing production in that theater's nearly 50-year history. It went on to play limited engagements at Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and then celebrated its Canadian premiere engagement at Toronoto's Princess of Wales Theatre through to November 17, 2018.

The Broadway premiere of Ain't Too Proud is produced by Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce.

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations Tickets are available now for performances through to November 24, 2019.

(Photo by Matthew Murphy)

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