Review: “Ain’t Too Proud” The Life and Times of The Temptations, Musical Trip Down Memory lane

As one of the greatest R&B groups in music history, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin and Dennis Edwards—their talents honed by the legendary Berry Gordy, and some of the industry’s most prolific writers is a story that is now on tour and being told on stage, at the San Diego Civic Theatre for a six-day run.

Ain’t Too Proud, the Life and Times of the Temptations is a jukebox musical that tells the story of the Motown vocal group that rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s. The show features hits such as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” just to name a few favorites.

Directed by Des McAnuff, the musical is based on the autobiography of how the group came together 62 years ago by the groups founder, Otis Williams, executive producer, the only surviving member who is now 81. It follows the group\’s journey from their teenaged years in Detroit to their rise to international stardom, and explores the personal and professional struggles they faced along the way. 

The musical earned twelve Tony nominations, but only took home  home one for choreography.  Despite the snub, the show has received critical acclaim for its energetic performances, smooth dance moves, catchy music, and compelling storytelling. 

If you’re a fan of The Temptations or classic Motown hits and smooth harmony’s, then “Ain’t Too Proud” a musical trip down memory lane, will have you singing and dancing in your seat.  

It’s a must-see that\’s proof that the music of the Temptations is timeless.

Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes including 20-minute intermission.
Rating: Please note guests under age five are not permitted to enter.
Tickets: Broadway San Diego
Venue: Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave, San Diego

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