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)


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

45
The Wall Street Journal

"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." Full Review

45
New York Stage Review

"Possesses all the drama of a datebook; it’s a seemingly endless chronicle of entrances and exits, successes and flameouts, hirings and firings, and illnesses and deaths...But everyone’s there for the music anyway...Like the Tempts themselves, the guys take a bit of time to find their groove; their vocals aren’t super-tight (at least not on the night I attended) until more than halfway through Act 1. At least 'Ain’t Too Proud' provides a sufficient dose of musical nostalgia." Full Review


90
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of the Temptations and/ or Motown records.

Don't see it if You don't like first-person narrative musicals.

90
During previews
Great singing, Must see, Entertaining, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if this is a must if you like the Temptations and/or Motown. The singing and dancing are superb!

Don't see it if you didn't like Jersey Boys. Its similar in tone and style (not music, of course)

90
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if If you loved "Motown the musical"then you will love the story of the Temptations. You are a fan of their hit songs over the years.

Don't see it if You're not into Motown music.

90
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Electric, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you love The Temptations, Motown music, or origin stories. This is very similar to Jersey Boys in tone and structure. The talent is HOT!!!

Don't see it if you’re not into the music. The show is the music.

Also I attended the first preview and the night was electric. This is going... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to learn more about The Temptations and dance in your seat for an incredible 2.5 hours. The whole cast is so talented!

Don't see it if You do not like juke-box musicals.

88
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if I enjoyed the music very much. The singing was really good and the Motown style dancing was fun to watch. Go see it if you like Motown.

Don't see it if If you don't like Motown Music and staging. The story was to be expected.

88
During previews
Great choreography, Energetic, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like the music of the Temptations. Want to see a show that's energetic with stellar singing by this fantastic cast.

Don't see it if You don't like jukebox musicals. Don't like the music of the Temptations. You want more individual character development

Also I thought this was so much fun. I didn't know anything about the backs... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Riveting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you love the Temptations and their music. If you don't love the Temptations there's a good chance you will after this show.

Don't see it if you do no like jukebox musicals and a biographical book.

Also As jukebox musicals proliferate on Broadway this is one of the better ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great dancing/movement, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love the Temptations' music. It is beautifully presented with great singing and dancing. Terrific performers. A typical jukebox musical.

Don't see it if This isn't your kind of music or if you are expecting revelations. From the perspective of the living member, so is his story. Weak opening.

87
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you loved Motown's music .

Don't see it if If you're not into re-living that ERA and its music.

87
During previews
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun and flashy night of good theatre! The cast is absolutely remarkable and the songs are legendary.

Don't see it if You are wanting anything truly new. It’s very formulaic like “Jersey Boys” but, hey, it still works. Check it out!

86
During previews
Indulgent, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you love The Temptations, Motown or jukebox musicals in general.

Don't see it if you expect to only hear people on the stage singing — every Baby Boomer around you is going to sing.

85
During previews
Expected, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the music of the Temptations or Motown in general, and/or enjoyed other bio-musicals like Jersey Boys, Beautiful, or Summer.

Don't see it if you're looking for Pulitzer-worthy brilliance. This isn't groundbreaking, it's just an entertaining celebration of their music.

85
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy the music of the Temptations or enjoy bio-musicals. Additionally, if you want a fun lighthearted show, this is for you.

Don't see it if You're looking for an intense, thought-provoking show.

Also I absolutely loved this show. Disclaimer: The Temptations are one of m... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Soulful, Funky, Intense

See it if Lots of music w/bits of narration. Talented performers, full of heart. Huge band. Colorful costumes. Energized cheering audience.

Don't see it if You don’t like Motown R&B music. You are uninterested in another jukebox musical about people paying a price for success.

85
During previews
A bit sugar coated, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoyed shows like “Jersey Boys” and “Beautiful.” Very musically gifted and talented young performers thrill you.

Don't see it if You don’t like the music of the Temptations.

85
During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you are a fan of the Temptations and their music. Well produced with a great cast, staging & choreography. Delightful!

Don't see it if Do not see if you do not like the music or expect a creative interpretation . It is a straight on story, similar to the film.

85
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to have a good time, like The Temptations, and/or want to see the best singing/dancing of any new show this season.

Don't see it if you somehow don't care for the music of The Temptations.

85
During previews
Fun, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy the Temptations or a good jukebox musical. You want to see a breakout performance. The crowd gets really into it - tons of fun!

Don't see it if you don't like don't like the Temptations, hated Jersey Boys or Motown, or just don't want to see another jukebox musical.

Also Overall it was definitely a feel good kind of show. They tell the stor... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Delightful, Great choreography, Fun, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love the Temptations and the feeling the you can hardly sit still in your seat because you want to sway and dance.

Don't see it if This is not boring like Cher or Summer. Story is a little weak and it is a little slow at times during dialog - but then a song comes along!

85
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love jukebox musicals

Don't see it if You cannot stand a story line you already know.

85
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if You love the temptations, you like jukebox musicals

Don't see it if You want something new and original

84
During previews
Cliched, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love the music of The Temptations great performances, wonderful singing and amazing choreography. High energy and predictable story.

Don't see it if If you dislike juke box musicals. Shows that want to be serious but miss the mark. If you want to be surprised by the story.

84
During previews
Formulaic, Nostalgic, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Motown music, know & love the Temptations, like jukebox musicals, want to have a great time with an engaged audience

Don't see it if don't like Motown or Temptations music, don't like jukebox musicals or formulaic theatre, want a strong story in a show

Also Being from Flint in the late 60's through the mid-80's this was a danc... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like the Temps...you want to be entertained...you like feeling great in the theater...you enjoy classic Motown

Don't see it if you're grumpy...you can't stand and will not tolerate jukebox musicals - there are those of you out there


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