Running since February 2019 A new musical that follows the Temptations' journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
From the producers: "Ain't Too Proud" is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Five guys. One dream. And a sound that would make music history. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history - how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. This thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal is set to the beat of the group's treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and so many more.
The Temptations released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Their work with producer Norman Whitfield, beginning with the Top 10 hit single "Cloud Nine" in October 1968, pioneered psychedelic soul, and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music. The band members are known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and dress style. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are among the most successful groups in popular music. "Ain't Too Proud" comes to Broadway following a string of engagements across North America, including Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center and a world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
The show utilizes a score comprised of the Temptations' hits to chart the rise of the R&B group, known for such classics as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” Two-time Tony winner Des McAnuff ("Summer," "Jersey Boys") directs, with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo ("On Your Feet!," "Memphis").
2019 Tony Award Nominations: Best Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Derrick Baskin), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Jeremy Pope, Ephraim Sykes), Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical.
2019 Drama Desk Nomination: Outstanding Book of a Musical.
While "ATP" packs some terrific performances, it's a paint-by-numbers evening. The story unfold[s] efficiently, if mechanically, in an "and then we did this" fashion. [The] script essentially gives each man one main trait. The thrill is watching the Temptations find their collective voice, tight harmonies and moves. When the group's performing...the songs light up the stage. A big plus is [the] choreography, with its dazzling spins and splits and piston-precise steps. But a fog of familiarity hangs over McAnuff's staging. Proud this show is - but distinctive, it ain't.
The result feels less celebratory than ruthlessly efficient..."Ain't Too Proud," with minimalist onstage/backstage sets, appealing, era-accurate costumes and a really fine cast as the classic and subsequent iterations of the great Motown group easily outdoes recent genre [musicals]. But...the story wears out without any one moment feeling weightier than another. The primary cast is given little more than a trait or two in place of a fully developed character.