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

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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").

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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

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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

Critic Reviews (8)

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 songs ever written — and a glorious cast to interpret them — for the love of God, please don't keep interrupting them."
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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 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."
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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 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."
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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 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."
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August 27th, 2018

"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."
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August 24th, 2018

"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."
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August 25th, 2018

"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."
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August 25th, 2018

"'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."
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