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

79
Educating, Slow, Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if If you love the Temptations and would enjoy learning about their journey to success. The harmonies and dancing are great. Story is meh.

Don't see it if Word of warning - some people in the audience sing along and (in my case) sing loudly off key, so I couldn't hear the performers...at all:-(

95
Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays like Jersey Boys, Beautiful... Great singing, acting and choreography. Great tribute to amazing group. Strongly recommended!

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals

90
Entertaining, Riveting, Masterful, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if you want a hell of a high-energy show and an audience that's super excited.

Don't see it if you want people to be calm or reserved - the audience sang along on a number of songs when I saw the show.

Also Ephraim Sykes is a national treasure, and I will fight anyone who says... Read more Read less

98
Great singing, Must see, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan. This show was a fabulous love fest. The story, talent and music are superb.

Don't see it if You are not a fan.

82
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Can’t get enough of the oldies but goodies

Don't see it if Not interested in musicals

84
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You love the Temptations and oldies and Motown.

Don't see it if You like original music and a more traditional musical with one or two main stars.

100
Absorbing, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Just superb! Whether you're a fan of The Temptations or just want to see some awesome singing and choreography, this must be seen!

Don't see it if No reason not to. Just a great musical all around! Fun night at the theatre!

77
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you want a musical you'll be tapping your feet along to all night.it's easily the best jukebox musical in recent memory.amazing performances

Don't see it if you are looking for a plot driven dramatic life story. this is a fast paced highlights reel of the life & career of the temptations

80
Jukebox fun, Delightful, Refreshing, Great dancing, Great singing

See it if You love the Temptations/Motown. Great singing/dancing. More concert than musical.

Don't see it if You don't like Temptations/Motown or jukebox musicals. Glosses over the story. Jukebox musicals bring jukebox crowds.

Also Falls between Jersey Boys and Summer on the jukebox musical spectrum. ... Read more Read less

95
Refreshing, Clever, Must see, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if This is the 2nd most nominated show this TONY season - and the Talent is wonderful throughout the entire cast

Don't see it if you have no interest in Motown

87
Resonant, Great dancing, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if You love the Motown sound and would like to learn about the Temptations’ Rise to fame. Also, you will live the choreography.

Don't see it if You don’t care for the Temptations music or wish to hear their history.

100
Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Fantastic

See it if you want to enjoy a fabulous Musical Show showcasing the amazing Temptations with amazing voices, and treasure trove of Classic Motown!

Don't see it if I can't even think of a reason not too!

93
Terrific band, Great songs, Very touching, Great singing

See it if the music of the Temptations appeals to you and you love strong voices and a great band.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of rhythm and blues music.

Also One of the better Jukebox shows. Good audience.

95
Must see, Enchanting, Masterful, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if The BioMusical has it all:interest charact you want to know more abt,exquisit voices ,dancing,grt costu/set& illuminating story.BRAVISSIMI

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Motown,nor wish to leave the theater with high energy & humming the great songs.

73
Talented cast, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy growing up in the 60's & 70's to that fun Motown sound. More entertaining than informative, but still fun.

Don't see it if you really don't like the sound of Motown. ... you're looking for a thought-provoking evening.

78
Great staging, Overrated, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Are a Motown buff and want some background to your musical legends. Great singing and showmanship. Feel good music through some dark moments

Don't see it if Do not enjoy theatregoers singing along with the actors. Can be a bit preachy at times.

75
Delivers what you'd expect

See it if you enjoy the Temptations' (and other Motown singers') songs and somewhat hyped-up versions of their dance routines.

Don't see it if you need more than the predictable dramatic developments that musical "biographies" offer.

Also Talented young man adrift finds his calling in music, forms group, gro... Read more Read less

94
Heartfelt and entertaining juke box musical. talent is supreme!

See it if You love Motown and want to entertained and feel. Love the theme that everyone is replacable/life throws you curves but the music lives on

Don't see it if You are heartless and tuneless

80
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like the music of the Temptations

Don't see it if you don't like the music of the Temptations

85
Better than motown the musical

See it if You appreciate high-energy music and dancing, beautifully staged. There’s also a touchingly human story behind the music.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy the Motown sounds of the 60s and 70s.

80
Confusing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of the temptation or want to experience some great singing and great performance, 2nd act picks up making for a great show.

Don't see it if First act was a little confusing while the storyline developed and keeping up with all the changing characters, I had no pretext beforehand.

85
Another biomusical of a great group

See it if you like the temptations, you didn't realize how significant they were and are

Don't see it if you don't like their music

Also known them & liked forever, but still learned some interesting things.... Read more Read less

91
Refreshing, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love popular songs made famous by the Temptations sung and danced to perfection by a great cast.

Don't see it if You want a deeper look at the lives of the members of this singing group or you prefer original songs.

79
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if You enjoyed Motown music and the dancing. It starts out a little slow and then it shifts into high gear.

Don't see it if If you don’t enjoy Motown and you would rather see a play with more depth.

78
Enjoyable, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love the music of the Temptations. The arrangements are lovely and the choreography is excellent.

Don't see it if you're looking for a strong book. Unlike Beautiful and Jersey Boys, this band themed musical struggled to bring the lead's story to life.


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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