Open run | 2h 45m | Midtown W

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

From 797 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great staging, Absorbing

About the show

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

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 (797)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great staging, Absorbing
86
Avg Score

87
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Highly entertaining juke box musical about the Temptations. Well written book,creative staging.Great singing and dancing by ensemble cast

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Motown music of juke box musicals.

84
Great music, Great performances, Well-paced, High-energy

See it if You liked both Jersey Boys and Motown. This is a mashup of those two.

Don't see it if You don’t like the music of the Temptations or you don’t know who they are.

90
Fun, Riveting, Interesting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you don't know the story behind the Temptations and all the music of theirs you know and love. An interesting bio-musical

Don't see it if you don't know or care about the Temptations or don't enjoy biographical musicals (although this is a good one).

Also I enjoy the music of the Temptations, but being from a later generatio... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if This is not the hit parade I was expecting, this was a dextrous and clever bio story with outstanding performances.

Don't see it if Incredibly cover and ambitous use of charcters, song and dance and integration of complex stories about multiple players.

Also This was far more entertaining, then I expected. The songs were all ab... Read more Read less

85
Must see, Relevant, Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love the songs of the temptations

Don't see it if you want to see a play

87
Great music, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you love the Tempations & want to celebrate 61 years rising to the top of their profession & staying there.

Don't see it if you prefer dramas to musicals.

70
Insipid, Indulgent, Fluffy, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You love great music, well done. You’ll want to sing, dance, and shout. Unfortunately it’s Broadway, and you shouldn’t/can’t do that.

Don't see it if You want a story, or more than just music. There’s not much going on besides that.

83
Great dance moves, Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you really liked the Temptations. It was interesting to get the background information and great to hear their music

Don't see it if you're not into mo-town or rock and roll

83
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to see the life of the temptations. Otis the narrator was great as was the singing. Such a moving story and great songs!

Don't see it if You do not like musical biopics. You are not ready to rock in your seat to timeless classics.

97
Great staging, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see, Great singing

See it if You like “The Temptations”, duh 🙄 (all 24 of them, lol 😆), but, mainly “The Classic 5”. Wow! Such powerful and all-star performances, all

Don't see it if Around. I’m 35, so the group’s heyday was a little before my time, but, this jukebox musical was not only informative, but, brought the heat

Also I’ve seen jukebox musicals before: “Motown”, “Beautiful”, “Summer”, am... Read more Read less

89
Refreshing, Great dancing, Story well-told, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you're familiar with the music of the Temptations and love it; you just plain enjoy being entertained

Don't see it if you don't like Motown music; you don't like juke box musicals; you like more conventional Broadway musicals

90
Entertaining, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You love the music and want to know more about who and what it took to be the Temptations. This is so much more than a jukebox musical.

Don't see it if You have never been a Temptations fan if such a operson even exists.

78
Meandering, Overlong, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy this music or impressive live music in general.

Don't see it if you cannot with jukebox musicals.

Also I suppose this is about as good as a jukebox bio musical can get. It's... Read more Read less

71
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

See it if you want to see a well-executed production about the Temptations with strong acting and singing and stellar choreography.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the Temptations music and/or do not like jukebox musicals in general.

85
By-the-numbers enjoyable jukebox bio of the temptations, Classic songs, Entertaining

See it if You love the Mo-Towwn sound, You like juke-box biographies with smooth moves. Fine choreography, great singing, interesting story.

Don't see it if Nothing really new here. Show biz ups and downs, the high price of fame, singers come and go but the beat goes on.

Also An entertaining night out, Nothing ground-breaking but what is done is... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Delightful, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to see a stage filled with talent. The music is familiar, the story engaging and the actors top notch.

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious show with a plot.

90
Riveting, Great music, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You like the Temptations and their music. You are interested in their story(ies).

Don't see it if Not reason not to see it. A feel good musical.

Also This shows was filled with the music of my coming of age in the '60's.... Read more Read less

76
Just ok, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love the music of the Temptations and want to see their development

Don't see it if you don't want to see a musical review that belongs in Las Vegas. It's not bad but ???? Really - on Broadway??

84
Funny, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you like motown music. Dancing and singing was fantastic.

Don't see it if Was disappointed the people around me were singing all the songs,loud. I should have gotten seats closer to stage to hear actors more.

85
Great singing, Entertaining, Great choreography

See it if Enough of a story to give some background and explain changes in the group members and relationship to the studio. Excellent performances.

Don't see it if You want every detail of their rise from more than one perspective. You don’t enjoy their music, but it’s spirited and moving.

85
Resonant, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love the music of the Temptations. The performances by all the actors in the show are perfection. Perfect choreography, staging, dancing

Don't see it if You don't know the Temptations and don't care to know more about them and listen to their stories.

88
Great staging, Riveting, Delightful

See it if I loved this show! the music was awesome, the choreography was brilliant, & the cast was fantastic.Ephraim Sykes is outstanding! A must see!

Don't see it if no reason to miss this show.Everyone will enjoy it. See it!

96
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if I expected to love the songs and be filled with nostalgia, and I was. What I also got was a very moving story with real emotional impact.

Don't see it if If you have no interest in the Temptations and the worldwide impact their Motown music had on the history of American popular music.

83
Great singing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you love musical theater with great dancing. Jeremy Pope is beyond wonderful.

Don't see it if you want a complex plot. Dialogue occasionally painful. It's a well done juke box music.

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


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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