Key Bank Broadway Series
Key Bank State Theatre
It is always interesting, whether or not you are a fan of a person or a group, to see and hear their story in a juke box musical. AIN’T TOO PROUD gives the viewer an inside view of how The Temptations were founded, developed and performed. The touring show did the history proud. If you love the Temptations, you’ll be on “Cloud Nine” and “Shout” about AIN’T TOO PROUD. If not a fanatic, it is still worth seeing it.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.
The jukebox musical, which follows the Temptations' journey from their early days in Detroit to the top of the charts, features a mindboggling 31 hits by the Motown group and others.
To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.
Yes, the expected ups and downs of superstardom -- drugs, alcohol, womanizing, troubled marriages -- are all there, as are the trials and tribulations of navigating the 1960s, from the bigoted South to the turbulent North. Yet a sleek black-and-grey production design by Robert Brill, powerfully lit by Howell Binkley, nuanced direction by Des McAnuff and mesmerizingly accurate choreography by Sergio Trujillo keep the proceedings exciting and vital.
More a concert than a musical, the national tour production of Broadway’s “ain’t too proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, is rocking Playhouse Square through July 31. This lively production celebrates the R&B hits that made the ensemble popular from the 1960s until today. Directed by Des McAnuff, with a script by Dominique Morisseau, it features the Tony Award-winning choreography of Sergio Trujillo with music and lyrics from the Legendary Motown Catalog
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.
The acting is believable, the dancing is entertaining, the costumes are slick, and the singing is off-the-charts with tight and powerful harmonies. This is not just a jukebox musical with no story, it is indeed "The Life and Times of the Temptations," a journey into the lives of an epically popular group that is a cornerstone of Motown history.
To see a full review of this show, read Kate's posts here.
With rousing songs (and less-so dialogue), 'Ain't Too Proud' takes us through group's highs and lows.
To see a full review of this show, read Joey's posts here.