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"As a pop culture artifact and the latest entry in Broadway’s glut of bio-musicals based on extraordinary performers and stellar music catalogs, 'Ain't Too Proud,' at the moment at least, is also an example of missed opportunities. When you've got some of the greatest, coolest, most remarkable songs ever written — and a glorious cast to interpret them — for the love of God, please don't keep interrupting them." Full Review
"Her catchy songs, turbulent life and billowing ball gowns are all rich source material, but this show moves almost too fast. While sprawling iconic lives can never quite be tidily summed up in such productions, a few too many milestones in Summer's career are missing here...Despite its missteps, there is still so much to like, particularly the three women portraying the title character in different phases of her life...While this version of her life isn't quite Broadway-ready, it has all the... Full Review
“Terrific casting, marvelous costumes,delightfully retro dance numbers from choreographer Gattelli and of course a bursting catalog more than 50 hits deep all go a very long way. But this earnest work-in-progress also feels both long in places and rushed in others. And the chief framing device, a show within the taping of a TV show, is sometimes confusing, and not really needed. What is needed is more of what makes this legend, now 72, unique.” Full Review
"While not everything works perfectly, the production...is a generally faithful adaptation that appeared to delight the audience...Murin makes Anna her own with classic nuanced stage singing and lots of spark...Levy brings a deft mix of icy imperiousness and girlish yearning to Elsa...Grandage appears to be holding the effects in check...lest they overpower the story...By the time it all wraps up...the issues that need tending to hardly seem to matter." Full Review