Open run | 2h 45m | Midtown W

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

From 671 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

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)

Member Reviews (671)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

64
Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Another ho hum jukebox musical . Great sets some great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if Story plot is weak and banal. Costant motion that stands still.

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

65
Slow, Cliched

See it if you love The Temptations. Or if you liked Jersey Boys.

Don't see it if you like a show with an engaging and interesting plot and numbers that are relevant to the story, or if you dislike jukebox musicals.

Also Did you like Jersey Boys? Because this is Jersey Boys. For better or f... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Funny, Cliched

See it if you a Temptations fan and want to learn more about the group.

Don't see it if you want great direction, There was too much time speaking directly to the audience. Very little of the plot is shown, it is all told.

58
Entertaining, Cliched, Indulgent, Overrated, Great staging

See it if you love the Temptations' music and that'll make it worth a slow telling of their story.

Don't see it if you don't know enough Temptations music to keep you interested in a long story of people coming and going from a singing group.

68
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great staging

See it if You like cheesy, jukebox musicals that want to imitate Jersey Boys but in a bad way.

Don't see it if If you love the Temptations and their music and don’t care about show content or originality.

65
Crowd-pleasing, Cliched, Slow, Great singing

See it if you know and love the music of the Temptations; you are looking for a jukebox musical that is more inviting to a racially diverse audience

Don't see it if you don't care about the history of the band, or can't find an access point through the signing and dancing

69
Cliched, Overrated, Great cast

See it if you are a big fan of the Temptations and you enjoy seeing a terrific cast working real hard.

Don't see it if you are tired of the Juke Box Musical format and expect more than a greatest hits concert.

65
Great dancing, Overrated, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You enjoy jukebox musicals and appreciate fast staging and cool choreography (the dancing almost eclipses everything else).

Don't see it if You expect an original story or clever plot-advancing devices.

56
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you are a big fan of The Temptations.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of narration onstage- this musical was much more told than shown.

60
Dizzying, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like the temptations

Don't see it if too slow and it felt like the jersey boys. Not surprised at all

68
Great singing, Great staging, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You like jukebox musicals

Don't see it if If you want spot on vocals and choreography that made this group

Also Not a bad show but less authentic than Jersey Boys. Same formula thoug... 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.

66
Overrated, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love the Temptations and want to see some incredible performers with slick moves and voices to die for.

Don't see it if You want any kind of a plot. The book is painfully bland, no story, no depth, nothing to say.

Also This is a gorgeous production with an incredible cast, design, staging... Read more Read less

69
Overrated, Cliched, Great singing, Great acting, Boring

See it if you are a big fan of The Temptations and the jukebox musical genre.

Don't see it if if you dislike/hate jukebox musicals. This is no exception.

54
Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you like the music of the temptations but don't care about the plot of the show or want to see something fresh and exciting-dancing is good

Don't see it if you like musicals with good stories

59
Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Dated, Cliched

See it if Songs are funny and at least show a small bit of self awareness regarding the subject matter and the real people and situations

Don't see it if Did not like the show at all

54
Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You have an interest in the Temptations or Motown. Just keep in mind that there's not enough of a story to warrant a musical here.

Don't see it if I'd say don't see it.

67
Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy oldies music

Don't see it if You are not into Motown

69
Banal, Dated, Delightful

See it if you have spare time

Don't see it if if you dont have a spare time

58
Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of old-style rock music and don't mind a noisy audience.

Don't see it if you are looking for original music and a riveting storyline.

During previews
64
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

During previews
57
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.

During previews
69
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.

During previews
62
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.


March 21st, 2019
"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 t...
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March 21st, 2019
"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 centr...
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March 21st, 2019
"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 pag...
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March 21st, 2019
"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 conce...
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