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

During previews
100
Absorbing, Must see, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you were ever a Temptations fan or just love good music. Truly enjoyable from beginning to end.

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox type shows.

During previews
80
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.

During previews
90
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.

During previews
57
Mediocre, No depth, Fluffy, Slow, Great singing

See it if If you are a fan of the short attention span jukebox format

Don't see it if If you are looking for a musical. Or a musical with a story.

Also Again we have a jukebox show that tries to cover 60 years trying to be... Read more Read less

During previews
85
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

During previews
85
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

During previews
90
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.

During previews
84
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

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great singing, Masterful, Riveting, Must see

See it if you are a motown fan or just love old school music in general. They portrayed the temptations in the best way imaginable!

Don't see it if you don’t like jukebox musicals.

During previews
82
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love the Temptations.

Don't see it if Jukebox musicals are not your thing.

Also I LOVE the Temptations, as well as all the other artists represented o... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Entertaining, Great singing, Nostalgic

See it if If you love the Temptations music and the Motown sound you will absolutely enjoy this show. Great singing and choreography-from the cast

Don't see it if The script was sentimental and not different from other shows featuring the story of their rise to fame

During previews
86
Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if The Temptations were the music of your generation and if you enjoy a party. Some serious moments but the music rules the show!

Don't see it if You don’t like Motown and can’t let yourself be caught up in the classic Temptations tunes.

Also I had modest expectations for this “jukebox” musical but was pleasantl... Read more Read less

During previews
99
Masterful, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if This is one of the best shows I have seen. I was so immersed, it felt like I was seeing the real Temptations performing.

Don't see it if I can't imagine not liking this one unless you hate MOtown and the Temptations.

During previews
100
Funny, Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are looking to have a great time!!!!

Don't see it if You want to be disappointed.

During previews
65
Needs work, Indulgent, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if If you were a fan of the Temptations or want to know more about them or the period of their music.

Don't see it if If you do not like the music of Motown you will not like the show.

Also This was an early preview so there is time to fix the things that don'... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if I have never loved a show more. This cast is incredible. You’ll sing,dance, laugh and cry. If I could buy seasons tix for this show I would.

Don't see it if You don’t want to enjoy an incredible night of song dance and stage blended to perfection

During previews
89
Best dance moves in town, Entertaining, Exquisite singing

See it if You love the songs of the Temptations and the Supremes. Want to see talented people sing Classics LIVE w/emotion and perfect pitch!

Don't see it if You don't like Soul Music or you dislike a look at human life in it's TRUE raw form.. with its ups and downs.. struggles..

During previews
90
Must see, Great staging, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if See it if you like great nostalgic music, phenomenal dancing and a great story. They're life story was both funny and sad.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy music from that era

During previews
90
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if If you are a fan of Motown and the Temptations then you will love this show. I also enjoyed how fast it moved.

Don't see it if Don't see this show if you don't like Motown.

During previews
69
Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Overrated, Great dancing

See it if you like your typical jukebox musical with familiar songs you can sing along with.

Don't see it if you want to learn something new about the Temptations. There was so much potential for this story to dig deeper but never was fulfilled.

Also The writing, acting, and directing could have dug deeper for better st... Read more Read less

During previews
100
Entertaining

See it if Love the performance of the Temptations ....infectious dance moves brought me down memory lane.

Don't see it if You don't like music of Temptations...every song they made was a bonfire hit.

During previews
88
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Resonant, Toe tapping

See it if The energy of the actors is terrific as is the singing and iconic music. Definitely enjoyable and on the to be seen list.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't love the Motown era and the music of 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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