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This production refreshingly emphasizes the improbable triumph of rough, combustible parts assembled into glistening smoothness.

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Now on tour!

As one of 2019's most sparkling Broadway musicals Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations hits the road for its first national tour in 2021! Garnering twelve 2019 Tony Award nominations (one of the season's most nominated productions) Ain't Too Proud garnered praise from the critics for its sublime performances and refreshing telling of how one of the world's most successful bands came to be.

Full to the brim with some of The Temptation's most iconic hits (My Girl, Papa was a Rolling Stone, Just My Imagination to name a few), Ain't Too Proud follows the rise of the five-piece from Detroit, from their humble beginnings and dud starts to international superstardom! Not a musical to shy away or sugarcoat some of the group's more distressing tales Ain't Too Proud is a glistening musical which celebrates life's triumphs and will leave you singing all the way home.


Formed by five young guys from Detroit, vocal group The Temptations struggled for years to land a hit. Things turned around when they signed for Motown, and with legendary songwriters like Smokey Robinson writing them tunes, the group rose to become one of the biggest names in American music. But their path to superstardom was far from smooth sailing, with clashing personalities and political disagreements nearly tearing the group apart.


The Temptations are still performing to this day, with Otis Williams the sole remaining original member.

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Opening night: 14 September 2021

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes, including intermission

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Please note that the images used are from the original Broadway production and may not reflect the current cast. 

Cast and Creative


Nik Walker as Otis Williams
James Harkness as Paul Williams
Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin
Matt Manuel as David Ruffin
Jelani Remy as Eddie Kendricks 
Esther Antione as Swing, Dance Captain
Saint Aubyn as Dennis Edwards, Fight Captain 
E. Clayton Cornelious as Richard Street
Tiffany Frances as Josephine
Ta'Nika Gibson as Swing
Taylor Symone Jackson as Johnnie Mae, Mary Wilson 
Marcus Paul James as Swing
Jahi Kearse Berry Gordy
Darius Jordan Lee as Lamont, Paul u/s, Melvin u/s
Elijah Ahmad Lewis as Otis u/s, David u/s, Eddie u/s
Jarvis B. Manning, Jr. as Al Bryant, Norman Whitfield
Morgan McGhee as Mama Rose, Florence Ballard, Tammi Terrell
Joshua Morgan as Shelly Berger
Christian Thompson as Smokey Robinson 
Correy West as Swing
Drew Wildman Foster as Swing, Asst. Dance Captain, Asst. Director
Curtis Wiley as Swing
Jamari Johnson Williams as Swing
Candice Marie Woods as Diana Ross


Book by Dominique Morisseau
Music and Lyrics from The Legendary Motown Catalog
Based on the book entitled The Temptations by Otis Williams
Music by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing
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. LaPointe
Fight Director by Steve Rankin
Associate Choreographer by Edgar Godineaux
Music Coordinator: John Miller
Vocal Supervisor: Liz Caplan
Production Stage Manager: Molly Meg Legal
Resident Director: Drew Wildman Foster
Casting by Tara Rubin Casting and Merri Sugarman, C.S.A
General Management by Corker Group LLC and John Corker 
Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates 
Orchestration by Harold Wheeler
Music Direction and Arrangements by Kenny Seymour
Choreographed by Sergio Trujillo
Direct by Des McAnuff 


Tony Awards 2019 - Wins

Best Choreography - Sergio Trujillo

Tony Awards, 2019 - Nominations

Best New Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Derrick Baskin
Best Book of a Musical - Dominque Morisseau
Best Direction of a Musical - Des McAnuff
Best Performance of a Featured Actor in a Musical - Jeremy Pope
Best Performance of a Featured Actor in a Musical - Ephraim Sykes
Best Choreography - Sergio Trujillo
Best Orchestrations - Harold Wheeler
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Robert Bril and Peter Nigrini
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Paul Tazewell
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Steve Canyon Kennedy
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Howell Binkley


Distinguished Performance Award - Jeremy Pope
Outstanding Production of a Broadway or off-Broadway Musical

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