Posted September 5, 2017 by Editorial Staff in Art+Culture

[Video] Berkeley Rep Opens World Premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre opened (previews) the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations. The musical stage production will be directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Berkeley Rep presents the show by special arrangement with Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce (American Idiot, Spring Awakening).

An electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, the greatest R&B group of all time (Billboard Magazine 2017). They were five young guys on the streets of Detroit when they were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary newfeature-meet the temptations label. After 24 attempts, they finally had a hit and the rest is history—how they met, how they rose, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the nation fell into civil unrest. Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and two-time Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff bring you this thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal. Iconic hits like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and the signature dance moves that made the “Classic Five” Temptations part of our cultural history forever.

Previews began Friday, August 31, 2017 and the show runs through Sunday, October 8, 2017. Press night for Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations will be Thursday, September 14, 2017. Tickets are priced starting at $35, and can be purchased online at and by phone at 510 647-2949 (Tue-Sun, noon-7pm).

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations features a book by Dominique Morisseau, music and lyrics from The Legendary Motown Catalogue, music by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, orchestrations by Harold Wheeler, musical direction/supervision & arrangements by Kenny Seymour, choreography 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.