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

From 8 critic and 11 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Absorbing, Must see

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)

Stage Scene LA

"If it take a while to move from exposition to the drama that ensues when five very different men attempt to make music together year after year after year, it’s more than worth the wait...Finely-tuned, dramatically compelling musical extravaganza, 'Ain’t Too Proud' features thirty-one Motown hits performed by a spectacular cast with acting chops to match their vocal prowess." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

"'Ain’t Too Proud' at the Ahmanson Theatre puts the music front and center, and under Des McAnuff’s expert direction, the performers give themselves over fully to the experience. The magic of the music takes over...Something very special emerges, even as the story itself hits familiar beats...The best moments come when the songs tell the story...All five performers who play the Temptations are spectacular, each with moments of greatness, each with his own style." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"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 points of history can get lost in the mix...But those are small misses in a production that re-introduces the pomp and circumstance of the Temptations back to the mainstream." Full Review


"Choreographer Sergio Trujillo's dance moves contribute so much to the enjoyment of 'Ain't Too Proud.' Under McAnuff's circular staging and dizzying pace, all the performers give electric performances. But if I had to mention one standout, it is Sykes as David Ruffin who steals the show...The main weakness of the show is its book by Dominique Morisseau, who inserts plot elements as brief scenarios that are reduced to mere snippets because of the dominance of the music." Full Review

Los Angeles Times

"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 perfection is the energy of the music...It’s the showmanship, not the story, that makes 'Ain’t Too Proud' an entertaining addition to the admittedly lesser jukebox genre." Full Review

On Stage & Screen

"Many of the most interesting challenges the group faced feel glossed over in the context of the musical...Jukebox musicals are about the music first and foremost, and this music is extraordinary...What the show lacks in terms of a compelling book it attempts to make up for in sheer energy and enthusiasm...There is certainly an audience for this musical, and big fans of the group’s music will find plenty to enjoy, but in terms of jukebox bio-musicals, it does not exactly break the mold." Full Review


"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 several SoCal playdates this September, it’s hard to compete with the thrill of seeing the actual group in concert...Compared to 'Dreamgirls,' this show feels like a glorified PowerPoint presentation." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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!

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.


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...

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if The voices are outstanding. I learned about the group details I did not know. I sang throughout( along to myself) I will go again often

Don't see it if You do not like Motown and good music. You are small minded

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.

Intense, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if I liked it, very entertaining, GREAT effects

Don't see it if U can handle super loud noises

Cast & Creatives (27)