An electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, the greatest R&B group of all time (Billboard Magazine 2017) broke records and wowed critics in a sold-out, pre-Broadway run at Berkeley Rep.
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!
“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.”
—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.'”
—San Jose Mercury News
“ABSOLUTELY ELECTRIFYING! The music alone is enough to make this a must-see theatrical event…. A rich and rewarding pleasure.”