Ain’t Too Proud… To Beg for Tickets To This Smash Broadway Hit!

Ain’t Too Proud… To Beg for Tickets To This Smash Broadway Hit!

The cast of Ain’t Too Proud arrive for the Opening Night and pose for a photo with Otis Williams , one of the founders of and sole remaining original member of The Temptations and Motown founder Barry Gordy

The cast of Ain’t Too Proud

The new Musical Ain’t Too Proud The Life and Times of The Temptations opened this evening to a sold out star studded crowd at The Imperial Theater.

Sarah Ferguson

The play features the hit music of the bands 4 decades long catalog which included 4 Billboard number one singles and 14 R&B number one singles. In addition the band earned three Grammy’s and 6 founding / key members of the group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland OH.

Mary Wilson

As the title suggests the play is about so much more than the music as it explores the journey, as narrated by the sole surviving original member, Otis Williams, portrayed by Derik Baskin, from his arrival in Detroit at the early age of 16 through the bands heyday including various incarnations and the lives of the members and their struggles first to achieve fame and then to deal with the success.

Ben Vereen

The play is masterfully written and directed as is evidenced by the manner in which it slowly draws the audience into the epic journey, allowing them to feel a part of the group as they experience the highs and lows of a musical dynasty. In one scene the band is shown traveling by tour bus between shows and I felt as though I was actually riding the bus along with them. This show takes you there. The dancing seemed somehow updated and dare I say improved upon? It didn’t quite look like the shows I watched on American Bandstand as a child but they had a more modern and emotional relevant tone. Choreographer Sergio Trujillo did an excellent job updating the moves to match the emotions. The music was recreated in that full wall of sound style of the Motown era. My suggestion here – Get on the Bus!!! Don’t miss this fabulous show.  

Otis Williams, Dominique Morisseau

Two-time Tony winner Des McAnuff directs, with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo. The musical also features sets by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, projection design by Peter Nigrini, orchestrations by Harold Wheeler, and music direction by Kenny Seymour.

Phylicia Rashad

Venue: Imperial Theater   249 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036 

Shelly Berger, Barry Gordy, Otis Williams

Cast: Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope, Ephraim Sykes, Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Candice Marie Woods, Esther Antoine, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Curtis Wiley

Josh Groban

Director: Des McAnuff

Otis Williams

Book: Dominique Morisseau, based on the book The Temptations by Otis Williams

Maureen and Steven Van Zandt

Music and Lyrics: From The Legendary Motown Catalog

Set designer: Robert Brill

Costume designer: Paul Tazewell

Lighting designer: Howell Binkley

Sound designer: Steve Canyon Kennedy

Projection designer: Peter Nigrini

Orchestrations: Harold Wheeler

Music arrangements: Kenny Seymour

Choreographer: Sergio Trujillo

Presented by Ira Pittleman & Tom Hulce, Berkley Repertory Theatre, Sony ATV Music Publishing, EMI Entertainment World

Jamie DeRoy
Alicia Quarles
 Debra Messing and her son Roman Walker Zelman
Jill Zarin
Liesl Tommy
Tonya Pinkins
Victoria Clark
Amy Robach
Amy Robach, Ava Mcintosh
Des McAnuff
Joel Grey

Shahadi Wright Joseph
Shelly Berger, Barry Gordy
Michael Urie, Ryan Spahn
Dominique Morisseau
James Monroe Iglehart

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