New York | 2h 45m | Open run

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

From 29 critic and 95 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Must see

About the show

This new musical follows The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff ("Jersey Boys").

With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history — how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. This story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal is set to the beat of the group's treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and so many more.

2h 45m | Open run | Imperial Theatre (Midtown W)


65
Broadway News

"A slick but ultimately plodding trek through the complicated history of the popular Motown group...The performers, given the hard task of revivifying the parade of Temptations hits, as well as re-creating the group’s harmonies and its famously suave dance moves, are terrific...'Ain’t Too Proud,' respectable as a dramatic chronicle, and musically enjoyable as it is, could certainly do with a few injections of flair." Full Review

65
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

65
New York Post

"Anyone who’s seen the earlier jukebox shows 'Jersey Boys' or 'Motown: The Musical' is bound to feel a dull sense of déja vu...Morisseau’s script essentially gives each man one main trait...The thrill is watching the Temptations find their collective voice, tight harmonies and moves...The songs light up the stage. That’s a good thing, since much of the production is drenched in gray...A big plus is Sergio Trujillo’s choreography, with its dazzling spins and splits and piston-precise steps." Full Review

65
The Wrap

"Derrick Baskin’s impersonation of Otis Williams defines the word 'innocuous,' even though late in the musical he is accused of being a control freak...If only Ruffin/Sykes were narrating 'Ain’t Too Proud.' For one thing, we’d be spared the cliched build-up to the group’s success and the endless parade of funerals at the end...McAnuff’s direction of 'Ain’t Too Proud' gives us both the alluring razzle-dazzle and the underlying nightly grind of touring." Full Review

65
Variety

"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." Full Review

55
Theatermania

"While I found this new musical to be a surprisingly glum affair, I am also happy to give credit where it's due. No new show has a better grasp of what its target audience wants than this one does...'Ain't Too Proud' feels like a nearly three-hour PowerPoint presentation, only skimming the surface and rarely finding any depth...With more substance, 'Ain't Too Proud' would have been a better show, but it gives the audience what it wants — amazing songs, excellently performed." Full Review

55
New York Daily News

"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." Full Review

55
New York Magazine / Vulture

"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." Full Review


67
Great singing & dancing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Entertaining, Formulaic

See it if you like the Motown sound & want to see spectacular performers recreate the sounds & moves of The Temps (& to a lesser degree The Supremes).

Don't see it if u hope for a musical w/heart, depth or an unbiased POV; u might get motion sickness from the set pieces & projections that NEVER STOP MOVING

Also This is a true "jukebox musical" in the sense that you might as well h... Read more Read less

51
Great singing, Banal, Great dancing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if Yet another ho-hum jukebox musical. It’s not terrible. It’s not great. It’s predictable and unremarkable.

Don't see it if You want an original story, want to hear original music, want to see a plot that isn’t similar to a dozen other shows.

69
During previews
Just go for the music and choreography.

See it if You're a Temptation fan.

Don't see it if You aren't a Temptation fan.

65
During previews
So-so book, Great choreography, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You're a huge Temptations fan and want to see many of the hardest-working, most talented people on Broadway.

Don't see it if You expect to hear all of every song or if you want a book that really gets into the heart of the challenges experienced by the group.

Also I was so disappointed that this book didn't really dig into the drama ... Read more Read less

64
During previews
Uneven singing, Great music, Disappointing, All info/no soul, Insipid

See it if You want to know more information about The Temptations as a group and hear snippets of their songs live.

Don't see it if You want to know about the PEOPLE behind the group. This info group info only. Very rushed. Drab/cheap sets and costumes. Overly narrated.

Also This musical has is no heart. Just and enactment of a Wikipedia page. ... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you love the music, because that's really the redeeming part.

Don't see it if you want an unbiased look at the Temptations.

57
During previews
Mediocre, No depth, Fluffy, Slow, Great singing

See it if If you are a fan of the short attention span jukebox format

Don't see it if If you are looking for a musical. Or a musical with a story.

Also Again we have a jukebox show that tries to cover 60 years trying to be... Read more Read less

57
During previews
Overrated, Disappointing, Thin, Reductive

See it if If you are a big fan of the temptations you will probably be anywhere from mildly amused to very entertained.

Don't see it if Plot points and characterizations rush by so quickly it doesn't allow you to become emotionally invested in the story or characters.

53
During previews
Cliched

See it if You like "Jersey Boys" or "Beautiful". Or the music of Temptations.

Don't see it if You're looking for a rich book to go along with the songs you already love. The show doesn't go beyond the surface of their characters.

52
During previews
Safe

See it if You love the Temptations. You love Motown.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a new musical that breaks new ground.

Also If you’ve enjoyed the other bio jukebox musicals, you’ll probably enjo... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Needs work, Indulgent, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if If you were a fan of the Temptations or want to know more about them or the period of their music.

Don't see it if If you do not like the music of Motown you will not like the show.

Also This was an early preview so there is time to fix the things that don'... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Overrated, Great dancing

See it if you like your typical jukebox musical with familiar songs you can sing along with.

Don't see it if you want to learn something new about the Temptations. There was so much potential for this story to dig deeper but never was fulfilled.

Also The writing, acting, and directing could have dug deeper for better st... Read more Read less


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