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)


82
During previews
Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy the life and music of the temptations and want to be totally entertained

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy musical theater

81
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love the Temptations, or just want to relax and enjoy some good songs

Don't see it if You don’t like biography jukebox musical. It’s pretty much Jersey Boys

80
During previews
Energetic performances, Too long, Fast-paced, Jukebox formula, Entertaining

See it if you love the Temptations and want to hear the songs woven into the tapestry of the group's history.

Don't see it if You expect to hear replicas of the recordings. These performers are dancing hard while also singing, not standing in a recording studio.

Also Enjoyable, good-hearted, audience appealing. If that's your thing, you... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Entertaining, Dated, Great singing

See it if you love the Temptations music. It reminded me of "The Jersey Boys" and felt formulaic. The music and the performances were very good.

Don't see it if don't like musicals that are all about a rock & roll groups "journey".

80
During previews
Fun, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you liked The Temptations.Well paced, great choreography, good directing. Never a dull moment,seamless from scene to scene, lots to look at

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals. Well done but strictly chronological biography of group.

80
During previews
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if if this was your era, you will love it. Extremely well done-there is no disappointment here.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with any of the music of the Temptations or are too young to appreciate any of it.

80
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love musicals with music you will recognize from Temptations and other groups from that time.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals or the Temptations.

80
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like to go back in time to some of the best soul music written

Don't see it if You are not nostalgic.

80
During previews
Entertaining, Engaging, Great dancing, Slick, Great acting

See it if you want to see a jukebox/bio musical that manages to keep you engaged the entire time. This show is nonstop and the actors are incredible.

Don't see it if you're not interested in another jukebox/bio musical. But I actually think this show kind of has something for everyone.

80
During previews
Disappointing, Overrated, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love Motown and music from this genre you love great singing and dancing you want to hear the back story of the temptations & Motown

Don't see it if you are looking for something deep you are looking for a lot of show stopping acts

Also I tend to skew high on my scores. This one I gave a lukewarm 80 with b... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Cliched, Indulgent, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love Motown music, The Temptations, and great singing and dancing. Amazing and talented cast!

Don't see it if you don't want to see another jukebox musical a la Jersey Boys (same director). You want a story with more depth and less nostalgic flash.

78
During previews
Motown lovers' must see, Disappointing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Motown -The Temptations - and don't mind the lack of a good book to go along with the music.

Don't see it if you are not a Motown fan; you need lots of glitz and scenery in a musical; you don't mind audience singing along with the cast constantly.

Also I wanted to like this more. The music genre is one of my youth, and a ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing, Delightful, Confusing

See it if You love The Temptations, or want to see a show with excellent performances including great vocals and dancing.

Don't see it if You want to see an innovative, cutting edge show, or a musical with a book that doesn’t take the standard jukebox musical route.

75
During previews
Indulgent, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if you are a die hard fan of the Temptations - dancing and singing is great but I wanted more story

Don't see it if if you like more story than song - this production has more song than story -

75
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You absolutely love The Temptations or the Motown Era. Want to hear incredible voices.

Don't see it if You saw Motown on Broadway and didn’t care for it.

Also This show was enjoyable for the most part but it’s badically Motown th... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Too jukebox musical, Go for the music, Back phrasing galore, Great choreography, Plays as tragedy

See it if want 2 relive the music, 2 learn of backstage group problems, celebrate MoTown, for excellent footwork, like jukebox musical style

Don't see it if dislike jukeboxyness, don't care 4 MoTown, need upbeat storyline, don't like hotdogging individuals being downfall of group & themselves

73
During previews
Great singing, Entertaining, Formulaic rags-to-riches & fame story, Disappointing, Temptations fans should see it, though

See it if you love the music of The Temptations & black groups of the 1960s-1970s; you want to hear 31 Motown hits live; you're into jukebox musicals

Don't see it if jukebox musicals bore you; you want a strong book that makes a group's life & times come together in addition to their hits; you hate Motown

Also "Don't nothing rewind but a song," complains Lamont, neglected son of ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Entertaining, Uneven singing, Dull set, Snippets of songs, Drab book

See it if you love jukebox/bio musicals, but you'd learn more on Wiki in 10 mins. Well-staged. JPope rules. Male-oriented. Choppy. Song snippets.

Don't see it if you expect theater like Beautiful. Here, story is rushed, chars drawn crudely, songs crammed in, women barely on stage, voices uneven.

Also I expected more from this bio-musical. But the timeline is unclear, th... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great singing, Disappointing, Delightful

See it if You wanna heat great sibging

Don't see it if You want something deep

70
During previews
Slow, Great dancing, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like the music of The Temptations and love great dancing and singing.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of jukebox musicals or Motown or if you need a plot.

70
During previews
Dated, Overrated, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if The cast really did a great job bringing the Temptations' songs to life. However, there are zero fully developed characters (even worse

Don't see it if for the women). And the jukebox musical plot is expected and unsurprising. I had higher hopes for the librettist given her other work.

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.


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