What Do Critics Think of Broadway-Bound Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of Broadway-Bound Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations?
 
The production is currently playing a limited engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Ephraim Sykes, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson, James Harkness, and Derrick Baskin
Ephraim Sykes, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson, James Harkness, and Derrick Baskin Matthew Murphy

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, which will arrive at Broadway's Imperial Theatre in spring 2019, officially opened August 24 at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

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.

Critics have begun filing their reviews; read them below.

Hollywood Reporter (Deborah Wilker)

Los Angeles Times (Charles McNulty)

Variety (Peter DeBruge)

Performances continue through September 30.

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.

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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.

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