A show for the books is coming to town! If you’re a fan of the iconic group The Tempations, this is indeed a show you wouldn’t want to miss. Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is closing off its national tour this year and it will be in New Orleans, Louisiana. Witness the guintet’s extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations will run at the Saenger Theatre from the 27th of February to the 3rd of March. Gear up for an outstanding show set to the tunes of The Tempations, including hits like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and so many more. A show that received praise from the critics for its sublime performances and refreshing telling of how one of the world’s most successful bands came to be is one you musn’t miss!
Check out the schedule of performances for Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations below. Hit the GET TICKETS button!
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“Dazzling and electrifying!” – The Washington Post
“Pretty close to perfection!” – The New York Times
“A happy revelation” – Daily Beast
The thrilling, brand-new Broadway hit musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations tells The Temptations’ incredible journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They ascended to the top of the charts with their trademark dance movements and flawless harmonies, resulting in an incredible 42 Top Ten Hits, 14 of which peaked at number one.
Ain’t Too Proud, a thrilling tale of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal, is nominated for 12 Tony Awards and winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography. It follows the group as their personal and political conflicts threaten to tear them apart during ten years of American civil unrest.
The vocal group made up of five young men from Detroit, battled for years to have a hit song. After they joined with Motown, things started to look better. And with songs written by great songwriters like Smokey Robinson, the group became one of the most well-known acts in American music. However, the group almost fell apart due to personality conflicts and political differences, making their journey to superstardom anything but easy.
“This production refreshingly emphasizes the improbable triumph of rough, combustible parts assembled into glistening smoothness.” – The New York Times
“This bio musical is wrapped up in a dazzling package with visually-pleasing production values and tremendous song-and-dance numbers” – Stir Vancouver
“What makes it memorable is the sheer overwhelming talent of the cast.” – Entertainment Weekly
The Life and Times of The Temptations
Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau wrote the book for the production Ain’t Too Proud, which reunites Tony- and Olivier-winning choreographer Sergio Trujilio with two-time Tony winner director Des McAnuff. The two have previously worked together on the Tony-winning Jersey Boys.
The musical also features scenic design by Tony nominee Robert Brill, costume design by Tony winner Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Tony winner Howell Binkley, sound design by Tony winner Steve Canyon Kennedy, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, music supervision and arrangements by Kenny Seymour, orchestrations by Drama Desk Award winner Harold Wheeler, and music direction by Matt Smith. They are joined by Fight Directoion by Steve Rankin; Associate Choreography by Edgar Godineaux; Music Coordinator: John Miller; Vocal Supervision by Liz Caplan; Production Stage Manager: Molly Meg Legal and Resident Director: Drew Wildman Foster.
The core five of this musical include Jalen Harris as Eddie Kendricks; Harrell Holmes Jr. as Melvin Franklin; E. Clayton Cornelious as Paul Williams; Michael Andreaus as Otis Williams; and Elijah Ahmad Lewis as David Ruffin. The rest of the ensemble includes Brian C. Binion, Reggie Bromell, Felander, Shayla Brielle G., Ryan M. Hunt, Jeremy R. Kelsey, AJ Lockhart, Omar Madden, Dwayne P. Mitchell, Devin Price, Brittny Smith, Amber Mariah Talley, Nazarria Workman and Andrew Volzer.
“This jukebox musical not only has life, it also has wit, intelligence, while also looking stunning and full of energy.” – Daily Beast
“Morisseau’s well-crafted storytelling proves just as important as the musical memories.” – Broadway World
Due to its rising success in North America, the show expanded to the West End just this 2023. About this feat, Otis Williams, the group’s founding member and an executive producer of the show, said: “I am truly thrilled that our Tony Award-winning musical Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, which was a smash hit on Broadway and is currently touring to 50 cities in the U.S., will be opening in the West End next spring. The U.K. has always loved our music and embraces it as much today as it did 60 years ago. All of us involved with the show can’t wait to share this very production with you all.”
“Polished performances, slick choreography and a slate of 31 Motown tunes should satisfy audiences” – Variety
Each performance of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations will run for two hours and thirty minutes, including intermission. It’s indeed an outstanding production filled with The Tempations’ greatest hits.
The last performances of the nationwide tour of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations will be held at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. It is located in the heart of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana and an atmospheric theater that is recognized as a National Register of Historic Places. Now one of the few surviving Saenger movie palaces, it was once the flagship of Julian and Abe Saenger’s theater empire.
Do not miss this wonderful opportunity at seeing this show live! Get ready to immerse yourselves in the life of The Temptations!