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Aint too proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations

A look at Aint Too Proud, a musical on the Temptations

The thrilling musical, Ain’t Too Proud, reveals The Temptations' incredible journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Featuring a book by Dominique Morisseau, the musical, which was based on The Temptations' storyline, opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre in March 2019 after a run of regional performances. Ain't Too Proud also tells the genuine story behind The Temptations' sharp dance moves and flawless harmonies, which garnered them a remarkable 42 Top-Ten Hits and 14 Number Ones.

The Temptations' greatest hits, including "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." Many more will blast from the Prince Edward Theatre in 2023, as the rock and roll musical Ain't Too Proud makes a spectacular West End debut.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

The musical had its world premiere on August 31, 2017, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California. A press opening was held on September 14, and there was a short run there until November 5, 2017.

Des McAnuff was in charge of the direction, and Sergio Trujillo was in charge of the choreography. The production's creative team comprised Robert Brill for the scenery, Paul Tazewell for the costumes, Howell Binkley for the lighting, Steve Canyon Kennedy for the sound, and Peter Nigrini for the projections.

The show's initial run was scheduled to expire on October 8, but it was extended through October 22 and into November 5, 2017. The musical production brought in the highest revenue in the history of the theatre.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The show left Berkeley Repertory Theatre after its run and relocated to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, where it ran from June 19 through July 22, 2018.

Ahmanson Theatre

After its run at the Kennedy Center, the show moved to Los Angeles, California's Ahmanson Theatre, where it played from August 21 to September 30, 2018.

Princess of Wales Theatre

Following its run at the Ahmanson, the production moved to Toronto, Ontario's Princess of Wales Theatre, which lasted from October 11 through November 17, 2018.

Imperial Theatre

The musical launched on Broadway’s Imperial Theatre in 2019, with previews commencing on February 28, 2019, and the show officially opening on March 21, 2019. The show's production was halted on March 12, 2020, because of the COVID-19 epidemic. It was announced on May 10, 2021, that the musical would return to Broadway with a gala performance on October 16, 2021. The final production performance at the Imperial Theatre took place on January 16, 2022.

Providence Performing Arts Center 

On May 31, 2019, it was revealed that the national tour would begin in July 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The COVID-19 outbreak forced a postponement of the premiere. On December 7, 2021, it debuted at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Prince Edward Theatre

On March 31, 2023, a production of the show at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End will commence.

Original Characters and Casts

The original characters and cast of the production include; Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Al Bryant, Tammi Terrell, Johnnie Mae Matthews, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Josephine Miles, Shelly Berger, Dennis Edwards, Richard Street, and Lamont.

Final Thoughts

The Ain’t Too Proud show is a musical journey through the life of one of America’s most influential groups, The Temptations. Don't miss your chance to be part of this historical event that pays homage to one of America’s greatest musical dynasties. Tickets are now available for purchase at Cheapo Ticketing.

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