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Ain't Too Proud

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Closed January 16, 2022

This production refreshingly emphasizes the improbable triumph of rough, combustible parts assembled into glistening smoothness.

Ben Brantley, New York Times

Why See Ain't Too Proud?

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The Temptations Musical

Last chance to see on Broadway - closes January 16th!

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 of the highest nominated shows of 2019. Make sure you pay special attention to the choreography, Sergio Trujillo won the Tony for it!

What is Ain't Too Proud About?

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.

Did You Know?

The Temptations are still performing to this day, with Otis Williams the sole remaining original member.

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Opening night: 28 February 2019


Recommended for ages 12+ for mature language and themes.

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission.

And before you stop reading

Image property of Kevin Berne/Berkely Rep. 

Cast and Creative


Nik Walker as Otis Williams
James Harkness as Paul Williams
Jawan. M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin
Matt Manuel as David Ruffin 
Jelani Remy as Eddie Kendricks

Esther Antoine, Saint Aubyn, E. Clayton Cornelious, J. Daughtry, Tiffany Frances, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Darius Jordan Lee, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Morgan McGhee, Joshua Morgan, Aaron Patterson, Christian Thompson, Sir Brock Warren, Correy West, Drew Wildman, Curtis Wiley 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


Distinguished Performance Award - Jeremy Pope
Outstanding Production of a Broadway or off-Broadway Musical


Best Musical Theater Album

What we thought

iconic MAGICAL Sensational

better than a live concert

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.

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Nicola Quinn

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What you thought

3 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

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Tony Cooper : “Leaves you begging for more!”

From beginning to end you are pulled into the history songs choreography... more

Linda: “Ain’t Too Proud”

Loved it! They had me from “Gloria”. Feel good music, fantastic dance... more

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