The Kennedy Center will present a second pre-Broadway engagement of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations in summer 2018.
The Berkeley Repertory Theatre production will head to Washington, D.C., June 19–July 22 in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. The engagement follows the Des McAnuff-helmed production’s acclaimed world-premiere run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it became the highest-grossing production in that theatre’s history.
Though it was initially speculated the musical would play Broadway in the 2017–2018 season, producers Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman confirmed toward the end of the Berkeley run that the show would instead play another regional limited engagement with eyes on a fall 2018 New York bow.
Ain't Too Proud features a book by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau and choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo and charts the rise of the R&B group The Temptations. The new musical features such classics as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone."
The production features music and lyrics from The Legendary Motown Catalogue by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, orchestrations by Harold Wheeler, musical direction and arrangements by Kenny Seymour, scenic design by Robert Brill, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Charles G. La Pointe, and fight direction by Steve Rankin.
Casting will be announced at a later time.
Ain’t Too Proud is presented through special arrangement with Pittelman and Hulce.