Ain't Too Proud (musical)
|Ain't Too Proud|
|The Life and Times of The Temptations|
Original Broadway Playbill
|Basis||The life and songs of The Temptations|
|Premiere||August 31, 2017|
Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations is a 2018 jukebox musical with music and lyrics by The Temptations and a book by Dominique Morisseau. Based on the story of The Temptations, the musical had a series of regional productions and opened at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre in March 2019.
Berkeley Rep (2017)
The musical premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California, on August 31, 2017, with a press opening on September 14, for a limited engagement until November 5, 2017. The production was directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. The production’s design team included scenery by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy, and projections by Peter Nigrini. The musical was originally set to play through October 8; but was later extended through October 22; and ultimately through November 5. The musical was the highest-grossing production in the theatre’s history.
Washington, DC (2018)
Los Angeles (2018)
US Tour (2020)
It was announced on May 31, 2019 that the national tour will kick off in July 2020 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Casting and dates for the tour will be announced at a later date.
Characters and original cast
|Otis Williams||Derrick Baskin|
|Melvin Franklin||Jared Joseph||Jawan M. Jackson|
|Eddie Kendricks||Jeremy Pope|
|Paul Williams||James Harkness|
|David Ruffin||Ephraim Sykes|
|Al Bryant||Jarvis B. Manning, Jr.|
|Tammi Terrell||Nasia Thomas|
|Johnnie Mae Matthews||Taylor Symone Jackson|
|Berry Gordy||Jahi Kearse|
|Smokey Robinson||Christian Thompson|
|Diana Ross||Candice Marie Woods|
|Josephine Miles||Rashidra Scott|
|Shelly Berger||Jeremy Cohen||Joshua Morgan|
|Dennis Edwards||Caliaf St. Aubyn|
|Richard Street||E. Clayton Cornelious|
Broadway cast replacements
Original Berkeley Rep production
The original Broadway cast recording of Ain't Too Proud was recorded January 19-22, 2019 at Sound on Sound Studios, Montclair, NJ, and digitally released on March 22, 2019. The physical album released on April 19, and a double-LP vinyl was released on June 7.
Awards and nominations
|Tony Awards||Best Musical||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical||Derrick Baskin||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical||Jeremy Pope||Nominated|
|Best Book of a Musical||Dominique Morisseau||Nominated|
|Best Direction of a Musical||Des McAnuff||Nominated|
|Best Choreography||Sergio Trujillo||Won|
|Best Scenic Design in a Musical||Robert Brill & Peter Nigrini||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design in a Musical||Paul Tazewell||Nominated|
|Best Lighting Design in a Musical||Howell Binkley||Nominated|
|Best Sound Design of a Musical||Steve Canyon Kennedy||Nominated|
|Best Orchestrations||Harold Wheeler||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Book of a Musical||Dominique Morisseau||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding Choreographer||Sergio Trujillo||Nominated|
|Outstanding Orchestrations||Harold Wheeler||Nominated|
|Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical||Ephraim Sykes||Nominated|
|Drama League Awards||Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical||Nominated|
|Distinguished Performance Award||Jeremy Pope||Nominated|
|Broadway.com Audience Awards||Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male)||Ephraim Sykes||Won|
|Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Saint Aubyn, Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope & Ephraim Sykes (principal soloists); Scott M. Riesett (producer)||Nominated|
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