AIN’T TOO PROUD is an electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, the greatest R&B group of all time (Billboard Magazine 2017). The pre-Broadway run at Berkeley Rep was the highest grossing production in its 50-year history and the Kennedy Center engagement broke the single-week box office record at the Eisenhower Theater. With critics raving, runs planned in Los Angeles and Toronto, and an eye towards Broadway, AIN’T TOO PROUD is taking the world by storm!
They were five young guys on the streets of Detroit when they were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. After 24 attempts, they finally had a hit and 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 nation fell into civil unrest.
Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award®-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and two-time Tony Award®-winning director Des McAnuff bring you this thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal.
All their iconic hits like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” matched by their signature dance moves make the “Classic Five” Temptations part of our cultural history forever!
“DAZZLING and surely ready for Broadway…The music, of course, is divine, allowing the creative team to stage smashing renditions of ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,’ ‘Get Ready,’ ‘If You Don’t Know Me by Now,’ ‘I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,’ ‘War’ and—you guessed it—‘My Girl,’…Sergio Trujillo’s choreography, full of dazzling splits and hypnotically synchronized unisons, lifts this jukebox musical above the ordinary.”
—Peter Marks, Washington Post
“Not just your imagination: ’TEMPTATIONS' MUSICAL ROCKS! Richly textured, perfectly blended harmonies back lead vocals that somehow combine swaggering showmanship, meticulously honed technique and emotion of almost unbearable intensity.”
—Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle
“THROBS WITH GRIT AND GROOVE. Now more than ever, the magnitude of what the band accomplished, crossing over into the mainstream, and what they sacrificed to get there resonates. There’s nothing [like] the irresistible beat of 'The Temptations.'”
—Karen D’Souza, San Jose Mercury News
“ABSOLUTELY ELECTRIFYING! The music alone is enough to make this a must-see theatrical event…. A rich and rewarding pleasure.”
—Chad Jones, TheaterDogs.net