AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG Breaks Berkeley Rep’s House Record

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that the world-premiere musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is the highest-grossing production in its nearly 50- year history. With box office receipts already exceeding $3.1 million – and sales still not completed – Ain’t Too Proud has become a bona fide hit.

“We are thrilled with the success of this show,” says Managing Director Susan Medak, “and equally thrilled that its success will help us support so many other productions that are also wonderful but may not have as monumental a reach.”

The show, originally scheduled for a limited run, was extended an additional four weeks to meet demand, and must close on November 5.

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/AINT-TOO-PROUD-TO-BEG-Breaks-Berkeley-Reps-House-Record-20171005

Review | ‘Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations’ at Berkeley Rep

Derrick Baskin, Jeremy Pope, Jared Joseph, Ephraim Sykes and James Harkness. Photo courtesy of Kevin Berne:Berkeley Repertory Theatre

“A review of this show would not be complete without recognition of not only the extremely talented cast, but of the band, directed by Kenny Seymour, that filled the Roda Theatre with what can only be described as true Motown sound. Coupled with a state-of-the-art projection system designed by Peter Nigrini, with sets and lighting by Robert Brill and Howell Binkley respectively, the Berkeley Rep audience is visually, aurally, and emotionally transported through a Ken Burns-like lens from Detroit to all parts the world.”

Read more HERE: https://www.google.com/amp/s/thestagereview.net/2017/09/22/review-aint-too-proud-the-life-and-times-of-the-temptations-berkeley-repertory-theatre/amp/

Living Legends – Otis, Shelly at Ain’t Too Proud

 

Smiles after the first two previews of “Ain’t Too Proud.”

It’s great to have the legendary Otis Williams and longtime Temptations manager (since the 60’s) Shelly Berger watching a musical recreation of their life.

Otis is the man in the cool ass black and white jacket. Shelly is the older gentleman in the middle who is crouching down.

It’s great to hear their stories of the 60’s and 70’s. I asked Shelly about how they got the opportunity to work with Rick James in the early 80’s. I loved that song “Standing On The Top” by Rick.

He told me that Rick James idolized the Temps from when he was a kid and if there was any way he could have them sing on his record, it would be an honor.

You can hear Rick yell out “Temptations SING'” on a few songs on his classic releases from the early 80’s.

The Temps influenced so many people across all kinds of groups over the years. Their music stands the test of time.

This show hopefully will stand the test of time too. It’s sooooo good.