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Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018


Don't miss this electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time." With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many more.


$39 - $159

Run Time

Approx. 2-1/2 hours


Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of
Ain't Too ProudThe Life and Times of The Temptations

East Coast premiere of the pre-Broadway engagement!

“Throbs with grit and groove. Now more than ever, the magnitude of what the band accomplished, crossing over into the mainstream, and what they sacrificed to get there, resonates. There’s nothing like the irresistible beat of The Temptations.”San Jose Mercury News

“Not just your imagination: Temptations musical rocks! Richly textured, perfectly blended harmonies back lead vocals that somehow combine swaggering showmanship, meticulously honed technique, and emotion of almost unbearable intensity.”San Francisco Chronicle

Ain’t Too Proud is an electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, “the greatest R&B group of all time” (Billboard Magazine). Five young guys on the streets of Detroit were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. 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. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later. 

Kennedy Prize–winning playwright Dominique Morisseau (Detroit ’67, Sunset Baby), Olivier Award–winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Memphis the Musical, On Your Feet!), and two-time Tony Award®–winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Big River) bring you this thrilling new production featuring iconic hits including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many more. The show enjoyed its critically acclaimed, record-breaking world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it became the highest-grossing production in the venue's nearly 50-year history. 

Book by Dominique Morisseau | Music and lyrics from The Legendary Motown Catalog | Music by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing | Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler | Music direction & arrangements by Kenny Seymour | Choreographed by Sergio Trujillo | Scenic design by Robert Brill | Costume design by Paul Tazewell | Lighting design by Howell Binkley | Sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy | Projection design by Peter Nigrini | Hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe | Fight direction by Steve Rankin | Directed by Des McAnuff

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Performance Timing: 2-1/2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

Note: This performance includes haze and smoke effects, a brief moment of flashing light, and a gunshot sound effect.

Photos courtesy of Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre


Watch and Listen

Official Trailer: Ain't Too Proud at the Kennedy Center

Sneak Peek: Ain't Too Proud at the Kennedy Center


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