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Ain't Too Proud (musical)

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations is a 2018 jukebox musical with music and lyrics by The Temptations and a book by Dominique Morisseau. Based on the story of The Temptations, the musical had a series of regional productions and opened at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre in March 2019.

Ain't Too Proud
The Life and Times of The Temptations
Ain't Too Proud Playbill.jpg
Original Broadway Playbill
MusicThe Temptations
LyricsThe Temptations
BookDominique Morisseau
BasisThe life and songs of The Temptations
PremiereAugust 31, 2017
Productions2019 Broadway


Berkeley Rep (2017)Edit

The musical opened at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California, on August 31, 2017, for a limited engagement until November 5, 2017. The production was directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. The production’s design team included scenery by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy, and projections by Peter Nigrini. The musical was originally set to play through October 8; but was later extended through October 22; and ultimately through November 5. The musical was the highest-grossing production in the theatre’s history.

Washington, DC (2018)Edit

Following its run at Berkeley Rep, the show moved to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC where it ran from June 19, 2018 through July 22, 2018.[1][2]

Los Angeles (2018)Edit

Following its run at the Kennedy Center, the show moved to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California where it ran from August 21, 2018 through September 30, 2018.[3]

Toronto (2018)Edit

Following its run at the Ahmanson, the show moved to the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Ontario where it ran from October 11, 2018 through November 17, 2018.[4]

Broadway (2019)Edit

The musical opened on Broadway in 2019 at the Imperial Theatre, with previews beginning February 28, 2019 and an opening night on March 21, 2019.[5][6]

Characters and original castEdit

Character Berkeley Rep
(2017) [7]
Los Angeles
Otis Williams Derrick Baskin
Melvin Franklin Jared Joseph Jawan M. Jackson
Eddie Kendricks Jeremy Pope
Paul Williams James Harkness
David Ruffin Ephraim Sykes
Al Bryant Jarvis B. Manning, Jr.
Tammi Terrell Nasia Thomas
Johnnie Mae Matthews Taylor Symone Jackson
Berry Gordy Jahi Kearse
Smokey Robinson Christian Thompson
Diana Ross Candice Marie Woods
Josephine Miles Rashidra Scott
Shelly Berger Jeremy Cohen Joshua Morgan
Dennis Edwards Caliaf St. Aubyn
Richard Street E. Clayton Cornelious
Lamont Shawn Bowers


Jelani Remy replaced Jeremy Pope on July 9, 2019

Musical numbersEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Broadway productionEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result
Tony Awards[11][12] Best Musical Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Derrick Baskin Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Jeremy Pope Nominated
Ephraim Sykes Nominated
Best Book of a Musical Dominique Morisseau Nominated
Best Direction of a Musical Des McAnuff Nominated
Best Choreography Sergio Trujillo Won
Best Scenic Design in a Musical Robert Brill & Peter Nigrini Nominated
Best Costume Design in a Musical Paul Tazewell Nominated
Best Lighting Design in a Musical Howell Binkley Nominated
Best Sound Design of a Musical Steve Canyon Kennedy Nominated
Best Orchestrations Harold Wheeler Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Book of a Musical Dominique Morisseau Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Awards[13] Outstanding Choreographer Sergio Trujillo Nominated
Outstanding Orchestrations Harold Wheeler Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Ephraim Sykes Nominated
Drama League Awards[14] Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical Nominated
Distinguished Performance Award Jeremy Pope Nominated
Ephraim Sykes Nominated Audience Awards[15] Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male) Ephraim Sykes Won
Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Saint Aubyn, Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope & Ephraim Sykes (principal soloists); Scott M. Riesett (producer) Pending


  1. ^ " 'Ain't Too Proud' Breaks Kennedy Center Box Office Record", July 23, 2018
  2. ^ " 'Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations' Kennedy Center", accessed March 22, 2019
  3. ^ McNulty, Charles. "Review: 'Ain't Too Proud,' the Broadway-bound musical about the Temptations: Sensational music, scattershot storytelling" Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2018
  4. ^ Fricker, Karen. " 'Ain’t Too Proud' pays a busy, sometimes breathtaking tribute to the Temptations" The Star, October 17, 2018
  5. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "Temptations Musical 'Ain't Too Proud' Sets Broadway Dates". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Hetrick, Adam; McPhee, Ryan. "Read the Reviews for Broadway’s 'Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations'" playbill, March 21, 2019
  7. ^ "Ain't Too Proud Casting"
  8. ^ "Cast Announced for 'Ain't Too Proud' at Ahmanson". Center Theatre Group. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ain't Too Proud Programme" (PDF). Mirvish. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Culwell-Block, Logan (February 28, 2019). "Ain't Too Proud, Broadway's New Temptations Musical, Will Release a Cast Album in March". Playbill. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Tony Award Nominations Are Announced". Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "Check out the 2019 Tony Award Nominees!". Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  13. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy (April 23, 2019). "Hadestown, Tootsie & Oklahoma! Lead 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations". Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  14. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy (April 17, 2019). "Nominations Announced for 85th Annual Drama League Awards". Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  15. ^ Evans, George (April 19, 2019). "'Be More Chill', 'Pretty Woman' Top Broadway's Audience Choice Awards". Retrieved May 19, 2019.

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