About Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations
With the string of Tony Award nominations that "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations" has received, you'd think this Broadway show has been around for years. The show premiered in 2017!
"Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations" premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theater at the end of 2017. The production was extended to October 22nd in that location, and it became the theatre's highest-grossing production in history. The show quickly moved around to different locations till landing a spot in Broadway in 2019 at the Imperial Theatre.
The show boasts plenty of award nominations, like the Best Musical Tony Award and the Outstanding Book of a Musical Drama Desk Award. The production even won the Best Choreography Tony Award for Sergio Trujillo's work!
Critics say that it is nearly impossible not to be fully engaged as soon as the curtains roll up. Donna Herman of the New York Theatre Guide states "wow, the vocals aren't very tight for a Broadway show. And then I realized, the audience was singing along." I don't know about you, but a massive sing-along as soon as the curtains come up sounds like a fun time at a broadway show.
Instead of just being a jukebox musical, "Aint Too Proud" is based on Otis Williams' memoir of the band, "The Tempations." Williams is the only classic Temptations member alive today, and serves as the narrator to the play. The musical blends the story of the band seamlessly with the music that has been the sountrack to many audience member's lives. Themes of personal conflict, political revolutions and social issues are told with meaning, supporting the overarching story of the rise of R&B music in America.
"Ain't Too Proud" is fast-paced, like the life of The Temptations itself. The group went through creation, meteoric rise and success quickly, but eventually came a long plateau of member changes. Williams does not deny this fact, and addresses the "temptations" that fame brought with success, and how it affected the group.
Fans are greeted to over 31 of The Temptations' songs, the true star of the show. Audience members are either immediately transported back to the time when The Temptations were making history, or introduced to a time period they wish they had experienced.
Robert Russo from Stage Left states, "Ain't Too Proud overcomes the challenge of its dramatically imperfect true story to deliver an energetic, fast-moving, and engrossing portrait-like study of the group over time and the singular institution it has become."
Though the word "jukebox musical" gets thrown around liberally in the industry, and many critics dismiss plays and shows that fit this category from the outside looking in. However, "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations" not only delivers a perfect "jukebox musical" but redefines what it means to blend story and music together within the tight frame that critics has put it into.
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