Ain't Too Proud


The Life and Times of The Temptations


Imperial Theatre, (3/21/2019 - Present)

First Preview: Feb 28, 2019
Opening Date: Mar 21, 2019
Closing Date: Currently Running
Total Previews: 21
Total Performances: 36 as of April 21, 2019

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Ira Pittelman, Tom Hulce, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Tony Taccone, Artistic Director; Susan Medak, Managing Director), Sony/ATV Music Publishing, EMI Entertainment World, Inc., Josh Berger, Ken Schur, Ron Simons, Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones, Ruth & Steve Hendel, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Harriet Newman Leve, Jeffrey Finn, Stephen & Nancy Gabriel, Darren Bagert, David Binder, Wendy Federman, Susan Quint Gallin, Mickey Liddell, Robert Ahrens, Christopher Maring, David Mirvish, Stacy Jacobs, Marianne Mills, Loraine Alterman Boyle, deRoy-Winkler, Karmazin-McCabe, Koenigsberg-Krauss, Zell-Kierstead, Deborah Barrera, Robyn & Larry Gottesdiener, The Araca Group, Rashad V. Chambers, Mike Evans, Hani Farsi, The John Gore Organization, Mike Karns, Willette & Manny Klausner, Gabrielle Palitz, No Guarantees, Sheldon Stone, Stuart Weitzman and Universal Music Theatrical

World premiere produced in September 2017 by Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Tony Taccone, Artistic Director; Susan Medak, Managing Director)

Book by Dominique Morisseau; Music by The Legendary Motown Catalog; Lyrics by The Legendary Motown Catalog; Based on the book entitled "The Temptations" by Otis Williams; Based on the book entitled "The Temptations" by Otis Williams with Patricia Romanowski; Music orchestrated by Harold Wheeler; Music arranged by Kenny Seymour; Musical Director: Kenny Seymour

Directed by Des McAnuff; 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; Associate Scenic Design: Justin Humphres; Associate Costume Design: Rachel Attridge; Associate Lighting Design: Ryan O'Gara; Co - Sound Design: Walter Trarbach; Associate Projection Design: Robert Figueira; Associate Wig Design: Ashley Rae Callahan

Executive Producer: Otis Williams and Danielle Brooks; General Manager: Corker Group, LLC and John Corker; Company Manager: J. Anthony Magner

Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Production Stage Manager: Molly Meg Legal; Stage Manager: Jay Carey

Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Kenny Seymour; Keyboard 1: Kenny Seymour; Keyboard 2: Rick Hip-Flores; Guitar: Keith Robinson and Larry Saltzman; Bass: George Farmer; Drums: Clayton Craddock; Percussion: Roger Squitero and Javier Diaz; Alto Sax/Tenor Sax/Bari Sax/Flute: Mark Gross; Trumpet/Flugelhorn: Shawn Edmonds; Trombone: Dan Levine; Violin/Concert Master: Orlando Wells; Violin/Viola: Rieko Kawabata; Violin: Eddie Venegas and Melissa Tong; Viola: Andrew Griffin; Cello: Caryl Paisner; Music Preparation: Steven M. Alper; Keyboard Programmer: Randy Cohen; Music by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Casting: Tara Rubin Casting and Merri Sugarman, CSA; Press Representative: DKC/O&M; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Social Media: Marathon Digital; Marketing and Press Outreach: Linda J. Stewart; Vocal Supervisor: Liz Caplan; Creative Consultant: Shelly Berger; Dramaturg: Sarah Rose Leonard; Dialect Coach: Quentin Moore and Charley Layton; Fight direction by Steve Rankin; Fight Captain: Saint Aubyn; Dance Captain: Esther Antoine

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Opening Night Cast

Derrick BaskinOtis Williams
James HarknessPaul Williams
Jawan M. JacksonMelvin Franklin
Jeremy PopeEddie Kendricks
Ephraim SykesDavid Ruffin
Saint AubynDennis Edwards
Ensemble
Shawn Bowers
Broadway debut
Lamont
Ensemble
E. Clayton Cornelious"Gloria" Soloist
Richard Street
Ensemble
Taylor Symone Jackson
Broadway debut
Johnnie Mae
Mary Wilson
Ensemble
Jahi KearseBerry Gordy
Ensemble
Jarvis B. Manning, Jr.Al Bryant
Norman Whitfield
Ensemble
Joshua MorganShelly Berger
Ensemble
Rashidra ScottJosephine
Ensemble
Nasia ThomasMama Rose
Florence Ballard
Tammi Terrell
Ensemble
Christian Thompson
Broadway debut
Smokey Robinson
Damon Harris
Ensemble
Candice Marie WoodsDiana Ross
Ensemble

Swings: Esther Antoine, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy and Curtis Wiley

Understudies: Saint Aubyn (David Ruffin), Shawn Bowers (Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams), Marcus Paul James (David Ruffin, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams), Jelani Remy (David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams) and Curtis Wiley (Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Paul Williams)

Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Award

 2019 Outstanding Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Dominique Morisseau

Songs



Ain't Too Proud to Beg
(music by Norman J. Whitfield and Edward Holland, Jr.; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield and Edward Holland, Jr. )
Baby Love
(music by Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr. and Lamont Herbert Dozier; lyrics by Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr. and Lamont Herbert Dozier )
Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)
(music by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong )
Cloud Nine
(music by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong )
Come See About Me
(music by Lamont Herbert Dozier, Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr.; lyrics by Lamont Herbert Dozier, Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr. )
Don't Look Back
(music by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White; lyrics by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White )
For Once In My Life
(music by Orlando Murden and Ronald Miller; lyrics by Orlando Murden and Ronald Miller )
Get Ready
(music by Smokey Robinson; lyrics by Smokey Robinson )
Gloria
(music by Ester Navarro; lyrics by Ester Navarro )
I Can't Get Next to You
(music by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong )
I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)
(music by Norman J. Whitfield, Barrett Strong, Rodger Penzabene, Sr., Helga Penzabene, Roger Penzabene, Jr. and Carl Christiansen; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield, Barrett Strong, Rodger Penzabene, Sr., Helga Penzabene, Roger Penzabene, Jr. and Carl Christiansen )
(I Know) I'm Losing You
(music by Norman J. Whitfield, Edward Holland, Jr. and Cornelius Grant; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield, Edward Holland, Jr. and Cornelius Grant )
I Want a Love I Can See
(music by Smokey Robinson; lyrics by Smokey Robinson )
I Wish It Would Rain
(music by Norman J. Whitfield, Barrett Strong and Rodger Penzabene, Sr.; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield, Barrett Strong and Rodger Penzabene, Sr. )
If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
(music by Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol and Vernon Bullock; lyrics by Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol and Vernon Bullock )
If You Don't Know Me By Now
(music by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff; lyrics by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff )
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
(music by Gregg Crockett, Skip Batey and Gregg America; lyrics by Gregg Crockett, Skip Batey and Gregg America )
In the Still of the Night
(music by Fred Parris; lyrics by Fred Parris )
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
(music by Norman J. Whitfield, Barrett Strong, Anthony Fontenot, Armique Wyche and Troy Carter; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield, Barrett Strong, Anthony Fontenot, Armique Wyche and Troy Carter )
My Girl
(music by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White; lyrics by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White )
Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
(music by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong )
Runaway Child, Running Wild
(music by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong )
Shout
(music by Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley and O'Kelly Isley; lyrics by Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley and O'Kelly Isley )
Since I Lost My Baby
(music by Smokey Robinson and Warren Moore; lyrics by Smokey Robinson and Warren Moore )
Speedo
(music by Ester Navarro; lyrics by Ester Navarro )
Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)
(music by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong )
The Way You Do the Things You Do
(music by Smokey Robinson and Robert Rogers; lyrics by Smokey Robinson and Robert Rogers )
War
(music by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong )
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
(music by James Dean, Paul Riser and William Weatherspoon; lyrics by James Dean, Paul Riser and William Weatherspoon )
You Can't Hurry Love
(music by Edward Holland, Jr., Brian Holland and Lamont Herbert Dozier; lyrics by Edward Holland, Jr., Brian Holland and Lamont Herbert Dozier )
You're My Everything
(music by Norman J. Whitfield, Cornelius Grant, Rodger Penzabene, Sr., Helga Penzabene and Carl Christiansen; lyrics by Norman J. Whitfield, Cornelius Grant, Rodger Penzabene, Sr., Helga Penzabene and Carl Christiansen )
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