Ain't Too Proud (West End) London Reviews and Tickets
Entertaining, Absorbing, Delightful, Great singing, Clever
About the Show
The biographical musical charting the rise of the 60s vocal group The Temptations.
From the streets of Michigan to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a group of five men came together to form one of the most influential and beloved music groups of all time. 'Ain't Too Proud' is a story of brotherhood, loyalty, and betrayal, telling the stories of the members of The Temptations, the members who left & joined the band, their mesmerizing choreography and smooth harmonies that defined a generation of R&B music. Set to a soundtrack of their biggest hits, including 'My Girl', 'Just My Imagination', 'Papa Was a Rolling Stone' and more, the creators of the award-winning of 'Jersey Boys' now bring The Temptations' story to the West End, after a Tony Award-winning run on Broadway.
"The narrative in Dominique Morisseau’s book, which should bring these men to life, feels so skating, sketchy and divorced from the songbook that the production feels hollowed of an emotional centre. Rarely has a show of its kind felt more like a jukebox musical by numbers."
"There are still too many clichés and not enough of the group’s trademark choreography. At least Matt Smith, the music director, has assembled a first-rate band that gets a chance to emerge from the shadows in the finale. But it’s still not enough to set you dancing in the streets."
“The performance of these songs is utterly electrifying. The cast perfectly match The Temptations’ polished R&B harmonies, and Sergio Trujillo’s choreography is an inspired combination of the group’s authentic original moves, but with a contemporary update.”
"Flawless production value and a great story are all part of what makes this special but let’s be special – there is one reason to see this show in particular and that is the truly exceptional cast... 'Ain’t Too Proud' is a fitting addition to The Temptations’ legacy and everyone involved with this masterpiece really should be proud."
Ain’t Too Proud might not have all the ingredients that musicals like Motown and Jersey Boys do, but it does showcase the music fantastically well. If you want to know more about the life and times of The Temptations, you might need to fill in the gaps for yourself but otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the gorgeous sounds of these Motown classics.