Already closed | 2h 15m | CA

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

Across 32 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting

About the show

(Los Angeles) 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"). More…

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 15m | Already closed | Ahmanson Theatre (CA)

Member Reviews (32)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Great staging, Great acting
90
Avg Score

90
Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You love a good time, music of our lives from 60's until now with iterations. Aud is absorbed from the start. Pope and Sykes shine

Don't see it if You want a silent audience, or jukebox musicals dont appeal or the birth of R and B is of little interest

92
Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to hear Temptation's, songs. It wasn't "Just My Imagination" that this show is magical, emotional & a crowd pleaser

Don't see it if You don't like jukebox musicals or Temptation's music

100
Great staging, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to experience a sensational show with over 30 memorable songs and learn about the inspirational story of The Temptations.

Don't see it if you are not interested in following the climb to success, the friendship, betrayal, glamour as well as the pain of loss + love of the Temps.

95
Must see, Masterful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You love the Temptations and other bands of the era. I was in my high school glory bc the bands in high school moved/sang like these guys.

Don't see it if You don’t like music or dancing, or the history of American music.

Also I don’t know how these guys do this 8 shows a week! The first show tha... Read more Read less

85
Indulgent, Ambitious, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Jukebox musicals.

Don't see it if Jukebox musicals.

89
Nostalgic, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You're a big fan of the Temptations or you don't know the story behind the group. Extremely entertaining.

Don't see it if You like a more modern musical or don't enjoy a jukebox musical.

94
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You LOVE listening to Motown, biopics, concerts

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with depictions of abuse (substance, physical, etc.), dislike narration

Also Stellar unique ensemble, extremely loyal portrayals. Typical biopic fo... Read more Read less

74
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a light fun play with familiar music

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

93
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You like all the Motown songs. This show is a lot of fun. The actors sing and dance their butts off. This is a musical for all ages.

Don't see it if You don’t like the temptations.

88
Entertaining, Delightful, Nostalgic, Interesting, Great singing

See it if You love The Temptations, or any Motown music, or if you love stories/bios about musicians.

Don't see it if You don’t like the temptations

71
Disappointing

See it if you love the music of the Temptations. The singing is the best part of the show!

Don't see it if You are tired of juke box musicals. Or if you aren't interested in the music. The story is one we've heard...

90
Great singing, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Like music from the Motown era and enjoy jukebox musicals. Great choreography and talented cast

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the temptations and don’t enjoy jukebox musicals

91
Great acting, Must see, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You love Motown music, great singing and dancing Great cast! 2 hrs 45 min of pure entertainment

Don't see it if No reason not too. See it !!

100
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you absolutely love Motown music and the stars from that era

Don't see it if you are interested in that kind of music and do not want to hear motown stories

90
Must see, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience the life of the Temptations. Wonderful music and thoroughly enjoying.

Don't see it if I can not understand why anyone would not want to see this show.

90
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You love Motown and music

Don't see it if You are expecting to see all the details of the story of the Temptations. You can only fit so much into a 3 hour show!

100
Thought-provoking, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Great music and acting. Compassionate view into the history of The Temptations.

Don't see it if You want a superficial revue of the music.

90
Delightful, Clever, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love Motown and want an interesting backstory. This was our favorite of the 9 shows we aw on this trip.

Don't see it if You are not that familiar with Motown

79
Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if We saw the preview yesterday April 10, 2019 on Broadway. Fantastic show, wonderful cast. It took longer than the advertised 2:30 hours.

Don't see it if You get upset when they advertise 2:30 hours and the show is much longer.

80
Absorbing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you love the music of the Temptations this show is for you

Don't see it if If you expect a lot of dancing and scenery

97
Riveting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Highly compelling juke-box musical with outstanding singing and dancing. Fabulous temptations mustic and good story.

Don't see it if You don't like juke box musicals or Motown style music.

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

See it if You like The Temptations and interested in their story to stardom. So much energy on stage!

Don't see it if You don't like Motown (music from 60s 70s...

91
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love the music of the Temptations

Don't see it if You don't want to sing along and would love to get up and dance.

97
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to know the story behind the music. I’m familiar with the songs of the Temptations, but was not aware of their tumultuous history.

Don't see it if If you aren’t a fan of biographies or musicals, this isn’t the show for you. Because the audience knows the music, they will sing along.

85
Enchanting, Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Good music and story

Don't see it if doesn't like their music


August 25th, 2018
"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 so...
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August 29th, 2018
"Avoids 'Motown‘s' by-the-numbers biographical route through its powerful song-and-dance-numbers, once again reminding listeners what made the Temptations so good in the first place. The show also shines in its transitional moments...Including so many moving parts can mean the the important point...
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August 26th, 2018
"The less you know about the Temptations, the more you’ll get out of 'Ain’t Too Proud'...This show’s got a lot going for it, between the sheer quality of the beloved R&B vocal group’s catalog and director Des McAnuff’s experience with such material, and yet, considering that the Temptations have ...
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August 25th, 2018
"Better at conveying the band’s story through the music than through Dominique Morisseau’s book. The narrative is loose and conventional, but nothing can get in the way of the production’s vibrancy when the actors are grooving at full tilt...What the performers do manage to replicate to perfectio...
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