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

20
Disappointing, Dated

See it if you do not have anything else to do and you want to see a repetitive broadway show story

Don't see it if you want to see something original

31
Banal, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You like the temptations but don’t care about an interesting story -

Don't see it if You like to see musicals that combine great performances with a great entertaining story as there are much more enjoyable musicals TINA

45
Insipid, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of the Temptations

Don't see it if you are interested in an original story

During previews
45
Soulless, Uneven, Disappointing

See it if Only if you really, really like the Temptations and don't mind a flawed rendition. You might forgive this mess of a show.

Don't see it if You think that this might rise above jukebox musical fare. It actually brings this genre down.

Also This has the potential to be so much more than it is. It felt like a c... Read more Read less


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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