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  • From The Stage to the Balcony - Ain't Too Proud

    • By Broadway In Detroit

    Our July installment of From the Stage to the Balcony is all about Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations 

    This amazing show was supposed to launch it's first national tour at the Detroit Opera House this month, but has been reschedule to open our 2021 Season at the Detroit Opera House January 27.

    The Temptations

    Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  In Detroit, this story is about us. Since their first album   "Meet The Temptations" in 1964, their music has become the soundtrack to our city. 









    Meet The Temptations Album cover - 1964

    As we learn in the musical, the group lives on today with new members carrying out the original members mission and music.








    The Temptations All The Time released in May 2018.

    The Temptations have an extensive website featuring their music, history, videos and more. We could share it here, but the details are extensive. 

    From the top of their "history" page: " The Temptations' story is an epic journey of courage, struggle, triumphs, setbacks, and ultimately, international superstardom.  The genesis and magnitude of their greatness is one of the most extraordinary stories of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Billboard Magazine in 2017 called them the “#1 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of All Time,” and in November of 2019 the magazine named them one of the “125 Greatest of All Time Artists” in music.
    Visit to read all about them.

    VIDEO from Temptations Page (Juneteenth)


    In 1988, Otis Williams wrote his autobiographical memoir "The Temptations." His story became the inspiration for Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations
    In March of 2019,  Rolling Stone wrote a preview of the show's opening on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre that included an interview with Native Detroiter and Ain't Too Proud playwright Dominique Morisseau.

    Four years ago (2015), [playwright Dominique] Morisseau was pitched on the idea of writing a Temptations musical by producers Tom Hulce (the former Animal House and Amadeus actor, now a successful Broadway producer) and his partner Ira Pittelman, who had previously teamed to produce the Green Day-inspired American Idiot musical. Morisseau felt an immediate connection to the idea. She’d grown up in Detroit, with parents who played Motown records around the house, and she went on to write a trilogy of plays, The Detroit Project, one of which was set in that city in 1967. “When I was reading Otis’ book, I said, ‘This is every artist I know right now,’” she says.... “We’re all trying to figure out where do we stand with our art and our identity in this nation? Do we use our art to address these things or will it harm us?”
    Standing beside her, Des McAnuff, the award-winning director of shows like Jersey BoysThe Who’s Tommy and the recent, closed Donna Summer musical, nods along. “It’s a lens for us to look at our time and see how much things have and haven’t changed,” he says. “We weren’t thinking that way four years ago.”
    “There’s something aggressively current about this story now,” Morisseau nods. “It’s actually scary.”
    Morisseau and McAnuff got to work, shaping the tales of hits and debauchery into a story and organizing songs not only chronologically but also to reflect the changes and struggles the characters endured.

    Ain't Too Proud had its world premiere at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California, on August 31, 2017 that played through November 5 -  an extension of it's original October 8 end date.

    After premiering in California, the show moved to Washington DC for a month-long run at the Kennedy Center, followed by runs in Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre and Toronto's Princes of Wales Theatre before making its move to Broadway. Prior to Broadway's shutdown, Ain't Too Proud was playing at the Imperial Theatre and is currently scheduled to reopen with the rest of Broadway in early 2021. The show was nominated for TEN Tony Awards with Choreographer Sergio Trujillo winning the Tony for Best Choreography. The show was also nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League,, and Grammy awards. 

    Shortly after opening, members of the Broadway Cast visited Google for a Google Talk.

    The cast also made several appearances on national television shows. Click on each image below to watch the video.


    Broadway In Detroit Subscriber Event

    In February, we were honored to bring members of the Broadway Company to The Roostertail for a Subscriber Preview Event. The night featured a performance by the company followed by a Q&A with Otis Williams and Dominique Morisseau. Otis & Dominique talked with us about bringing this show to Detroit.

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    Fans of The Temptations and Ain't Too Proud have created some great Fan Art surrounding the show. You can check out some of it on our Pinterest Page.

    If you’re inspired by The Temptations or Ain't Too Proud, please share your own fan art with us so we can post it to our Pinterest page. Email your fan art to

    Finally, Ain't Too proud will come to the Detroit Opera House in January and February 2021 as part of our Broadway In Detroit Season. Watch the tour's preview video below and then subscribe today for the best seats all season long.

    For information on becoming a Broadway In Detroit subscriber visit our 2021 Subscription Page.

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