The Tony-nominated production of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is gearing up to tour. Producers Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce have announced today that the first national touring production of the jukebox musical biography launch at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, in July 2020. This will be followed by more than 50 cities coast-to-coast for more than 100 touring weeks, including a homecoming to The Temptations’ roots in Detroit, and a triumphant return to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
“We have been so blown away by the reception for Ain’t Too Proud – not only on Broadway but also from our pre-Broadway engagements – that we can’t wait to bring the show back to audiences across America,” said producers Pittelman and Hulce. “Feedback from cities we have already been to has been extraordinary. When we first played DC’s Kennedy Center it was in the Eisenhower Theater; however, for Christmas 2021, they are welcoming us back to their largest venue, the Opera House.”
Nominated for twelve 2019 Tony Awards, Ain’t Too Proud is currently wowing audiences at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre. Under the guidance of Tony-winning director Des McAnuff, production has been nominated Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Dominique Morisseau), Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Derrick Baskin), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Jeremy Pope), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Ephraim Sykes), Best Choreography (Sergio Trujillo), Best Direction of a Musical (McAnuff), Best Orchestrations (Harold Wheeler), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Robert Brill & Peter Nigrini), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Paul Tazewell), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Howell Binkley), and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Steve Canyon Kennedy).
Ain’t Too Proud is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 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 thrilling 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.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.