Stars and Creators of Ain't Too Proud, Plus the Temptations' Own Otis Williams, on Telling the Group's Story on Broadway

Video   Stars and Creators of Ain't Too Proud, Plus the Temptations' Own Otis Williams, on Telling the Group's Story on Broadway
 
The new musical is currently in previews at the Imperial Theatre.

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations, the new musical about the Motown vocal sensation was showcased on CBS Sunday Morning March 10 ahead of the their March 21 official Broadway opening.

Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, and Ephraim Sykes play the members of the titular male pop group on Broadway: Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and David Ruffin, respectively.

READ: With Motown in his Blood, Hamilton Alum Ephraim Sykes Continues a Broadway Legacy of ’60s Music in Ain’t Too Proud

As for the real Temptations, Otis Williams is the last living member of this incarnation of the group. “I knew we had something magical; I could tell by the way the audiences would react to us,” he told Sunday Morning, though he admits never thinking his story would end up on the Main Stem.

Book writer Dominique Morisseau, making her Broadway debut with Ain’t Too Proud, notes the relevance of their story: “Here we are at this moment in their story where these young men are in a moment in their nation that is in great civic unrest, trying to navigate who they're going to be as artists, coming from a city that is also in great civic unrest. I thought that's where we are right now; that's where we are once again.”

Pope, too, is struck by “how much they had to sacrifice to be who they are to get where they got.”

See inside rehearsals for Ain’t Too Proud, moments from the recording of the upcoming cast album, and more in the full video above.

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