Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations (NYC)
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Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations (NYC)
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Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(1043 Ratings)
Positive
95%
Mixed
4%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great staging, Absorbing

The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (1,043)

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58 Reviews | 7 Followers
100
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy great music and dancing, especially Motown

Don't see it if you hate Motown

73 Reviews | 12 Followers
100
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love the Temptations and even if you don't its done very well theres a story

Don't see it if I cant imagine a reason not to see iIts a very entertaining evening!!

50 Reviews | 10 Followers
100
Delightful, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if The singing and storyline are amazing. Go see if you love this music

Don't see it if If you don’t like musicals about bands and their stories

66 Reviews | 5 Followers
100
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Rousing score. Wonderful dancing

Don't see it if If you don’t like Motown

176 Reviews | 30 Followers
100
Absorbing, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Just superb! Whether you're a fan of The Temptations or just want to see some awesome singing and choreography, this must be seen!

Don't see it if No reason not to. Just a great musical all around! Fun night at the theatre!

196 Reviews | 39 Followers
100
Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Fantastic

See it if you want to enjoy a fabulous Musical Show showcasing the amazing Temptations with amazing voices, and treasure trove of Classic Motown!

Don't see it if I can't even think of a reason not too!

81 Reviews | 19 Followers
100
Fantastic look back at an iconic group whose songs were the soundtrack of boomers youth. everyone will love this.

See it if It's got everything, characters you'll care about, superb singing and masterful dancing. Poignant, sad at times and funny.

Don't see it if If you don't like exceptional Broadway talent you'll yawn through this.

70 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if if you love Motown music

Don't see it if if jukebox musicals are not your thing

Critic Reviews (50)

The New York Times
March 21st, 2019
For a previous production

"Shrewd direction of Des McAnuff, with sensational choreography by Sergio Trujillo...While honoring all the expected biomusical clichés, which include rolling out its subjects’ greatest hits in brisk and sometimes too fragmented succession, this production refreshingly emphasizes the improbable triumph of rough, combustible parts assembled into glistening smoothness...As for the performance of those songs...they’re pretty close to perfection."
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Time Out New York
March 21st, 2019
For a previous production

"No matter how much you may chafe at the clunky machinery of Broadway’s latest jukebox biomusical, 'Ain’t Too Proud,' the hits just keep coming, distracting your critical faculties with zaps of R&B greatness...The problem with telling the story of the Temptations is that there isn’t a clear central story to tell...As musical theater, 'Ain’t Too Proud' could generously be described as shameless. But as an evening of musical entertainment, it ain’t too shabby."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 21st, 2019
For a previous production

"While the tunes themselves are predictably wonderful and the cast’s voices ravishing, 'Ain’t Too Proud' itself has no real arc or engine...Dominique Morisseau’s book has moments of wit, but it’s also got plenty of corny clunkers and ultimately feels like a scroll through the band’s Wikipedia page...'Ain’t Too Proud' is certainly beautiful to look at...The show often sounds great too. But underneath its sparkle is a theatrical monotony that drags the whole thing down."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 21st, 2019
For a previous production

"The score is terrific, as are the singing and pit band, but Sergio Trujillo’s choreography is way too slick—the real-life Temptations moved like street-corner kids from Detroit, not glammed-up 42nd Street gypsies—and the projection-heavy set design is ploddingly dull...'Ain’t Too Proud' ends up feeling more like a concert with narration than a full-fledged musical, with results that are dramatically static and banal without limit."
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Deadline
March 22nd, 2019
For a previous production

"'Ain’t Too Proud' mostly accomplishes what so many of the lesser examples of this genre haven’t – a fine cast performs beloved songs, performs them well enough to conjure and honor the people they’re playing and the songs they’re singing, and adds enough Broadway dazzle...That the deaths carry little dramatic punch is no fault of the primary cast, each of whom is given little more than a trait or two in place of a fully developed character."
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New York Daily News
March 21st, 2019
For a previous production

"The problem is the conflicts that he discusses are, alas, very much like the conflicts you can find in previous juked bios of male artists...You get certain flavors here of what Morisseau can do, politically and aesthetically, but not near enough...The show livens up in the musical numbers...You’re left wishing the show had chosen one part of this band’s life and stayed close therein...and, above all, been more willing to look at America through this astonishing catalog of musical greatness."
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Variety
March 21st, 2019
For a previous production

"More 'Summer'-conventional than 'Jersey Boys'-fresh. But polished performances, slick choreography and a slate of 31 Motown tunes should satisfy audiences who might not be looking for probing storytelling, as long as the show delivers well-performed hits. That it does...The script delivers clichés and melodrama...At least things don’t drag, thanks to McAnuff’s fast-paced direction."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 21st, 2019
For a previous production

"Sure, there are craft issues with a show that's more narrated than dramatized...But as a fan experience, this high-energy tribute delivers big time...Propulsively directed by bio-musical specialist Des McAnuff...The briskly paced production frequently generates the excitement of a terrific concert...Even if Morisseau doesn't dodge showbiz clichés about fame and fulfillment not always going hand in hand, her book recounts the group's ups and downs with clarity and emotional involvement."
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