Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations Starts Los Angeles Run

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Previews begin August 21 at the Ahmanson Theatre.
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Cast of Ain't Too Proud Joel Dockendorf

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations plays Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre August 21–September 30. Opening night is scheduled for August 24.

Leading the production as the Temptations are Derrick Baskin as Otis Williams, James Harkness as Paul Williams, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin, Jeremy Pope as Eddie Kendricks, and Ephraim Sykes as David Ruffin.

The cast also features Esther Antoine, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Saint Aubyn, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Curtis Wiley, and Candice Marie Woods.


Two-time Tony winner Des McAnuff directs, with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo.

With a book by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau and a score made up of The Temptations’ hit songs, Ain’t Too Proud premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it became the highest-grossing production in that theatre’s history.

The new musical charts the rise of the R&B group The Temptations and features such classics as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.”

The musical recently played Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through July 22.

(Updated August 21, 2018)

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