Get Ready ‘Cause Here They Come! “Ain’t Too Proud” to Tour in 2020


Ephraim Sykes, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson, James Harkness, and Derrick Baskin in Ain’t Too Proud (photo by Matthew Murphy)

The new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is coming to a theatre near you!

Launching from Providence’s Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in July 2020, the producers announced that the show will play more than 50 cities across North America for more than 100 touring weeks, including a Motown homecoming to The Temptations’ roots in Detroit, and a return to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

“We have been so blown away by the reception for Ain’t Too Proud—not only on Broadway, but also from our pre-Broadway engagements—that we can’t wait to bring the show back to audiences across America,” said producers Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce, in a statement. “Feedback from cities we have already been to has been extraordinary. When we first played DC’s Kennedy Center it was in the Eisenhower Theater; however, for Christmas 2021, they are welcoming us back to their largest venue, the Opera House.”

The announcement means that the PPAC will be launching at least two national touring productions in the 20/21 season, with the other being the previously-announced Pretty Woman.

With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, The Temptations rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history — how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. This thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and so many more.

Written by three‑time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two‑time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), and featuring choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey BoysOn Your Feet), Ain’t Too Proud now brings the untold story of this legendary quintet to irresistible life on Broadway.

The show, which was recently nominated for 12 Tony Awards, is currently running on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. More information about the show can be found on their site: Ain’t Too Proud. Information and details regarding additional stops and casting will be announced at a later date.