Nominated for Best Musical Theater Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards!
You know their music, but do you know their story? Ain't Too Proud is the stunning jukebox musical that tracks the life and times of The Temptations, one of the biggest groups of the 1960s and 70s. Tracing their rise to the top of the Motown table against a backdrop of an America in social and political upheaval, Ain't Too Proud packs just as much drama as it does classic songs.
Ain't Too Proud made its debut at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, and bowled over the critics and audiences alike, becoming the highest-growing production in the venue's history. Among the iconic numbers featured are "My Girl", "Papa was a Rolling Stone", "Just My Imagination", "I Can't Get Next To You", and "I Wish It Would Rain".
Garnering 12 Tony award nominations Ain't Too Proud was one one of the highest nominated shows of 2019. Make sure you pay special attention to the choreography, Sergio Trujillo won the Tony for it!
Formed by five young guys from Detroit, vocal group The Temptations struggled for years to land a hit. Things turned around when they signed for Motown, and with legendary songwriters like Smokey Robinson writing them tunes, the group rose to become one of the biggest names in American music. But their path to superstardom was far from smooth sailing, with clashing personalities and political disagreements nearly tearing the group apart.
The Temptations are still performing to this day, with Otis Williams the sole remaining original member.
Previews from: 28 February 2019
Opening night: 21 March 2019
Recommended for ages 12+ for mature language and themes.
Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission.
Image property of Kevin Berne/Berkely Rep.
Derrick Baskin as Otis Williams (until February 26)
Nik Walker as Otis Williams (from February 28)
James Harkness as Paul Williams
Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin
Jelani Remy as Eddie Kendricks
Ephraim Sykes as David Ruffin (until February 26)
Matt Manuel as David Ruffin (from February 28)
Esther Antoine, Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Marcus Paul James, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Correy West, Drew Wildman Foster, Curtis Wiley, Jamari Johnson Williams and Candice Marie Woods
Directed by Des McAnuff
Book by Dominique Morisseau
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Tony Awards, 2019 - Wins
Best Choreography - Sergio Trujillo
Tony Awards, 2019 - Nominations
Best New Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Derrick Baskin
Best Book of a Musical - Dominque Morisseau
Best Direction of a Musical - Des McAnuff
Best Performance of a Featured Actor in a Musical - Jeremy Pope
Best Performance of a Featured Actor in a Musical - Ephraim Sykes
Best Choreography - Sergio Trujillo
Best Orchestrations - Harold Wheeler
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Robert Bril and Peter Nigrini
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Paul Tazewell
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Steve Canyon Kennedy
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Howell Binkley
DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS, 2019 - NOMINATIONS
Distinguished Performance Award - Jeremy Pope
Outstanding Production of a Broadway or off-Broadway Musical
Best Musical Theater Album
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Ain't Too Proud is one of the newest musicals to land on Broadway, and tells the story of the life and times of The Temptations.Read full review
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From beginning to end you are pulled into the history songs choreography... more
Loved it! They had me from “Gloria”. Feel good music, fantastic dance... more
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