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“My Girl.” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” “I Can’t Get Next to You.” The smooth sounds, exquisite harmonies, and classy dance moves of the Temptations have made them one of the most enduring acts of Motown’s stable. And that appeal has carried over to the jukebox musical that tells their story, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of Temptations. As a reviewer of the first Broadway production of the show put it, “From the very first moment, it is impossible not to be completely engaged.”
The tale of how a group of unknown singers from Detroit attained international stardom and were eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has plenty of drama on its own (such as keeping track of exactly how many Temptations there have been). But the Temptations’ story is also inextricably linked to the rise and crossover success of their label, Motown. Being set against the backdrop of the civil rights era of the 1960s also gives the show a greater depth. And, well, that soundtrack never fails. “Cloud Nine” anyone? “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”? “Get Ready”? You get the idea. Don’t be surprised if you hear the audience singing along.
📸: Courtesy Ain't Too Proud Musical