Key Art and Broadway Cast Revealed For Temptations Bio-Musical 'Ain't Too Proud'


Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, Jawan M. Jackson, Jeremy Pope and Ephraim Sykes will play the definitive lineup of the Motown vocal group in Des McAnuff's manufacturing, opening March 21 on the Imperial Theatre.

Sharp fits and easy strikes are on show in the important thing Broadway artwork for Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of The Temptations, that includes portraits shot by superstar photographer Warwick Saint of the 5 actors enjoying the legendary Motown group. See under for The Hollywood Reporter's unique first take a look at the poster.

Producers Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce on Wednesday confirmed that the Broadway bio-musical will star Derrick Baskin as Otis Williams, James Harkness as Paul Williams, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin, Jeremy Pope as Eddie Kendricks and Ephraim Sykes as David Ruffin — thought-about the definitive lineup of the hit-making, decades-spanning vocal group.

Pope will step instantly into the manufacturing after making his Broadway debut in Choir Boy, a play with music set in a prestigious African-American prep college, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who received a screenwriting Oscar for Moonlight. Choir Boy will play a restricted engagement on Broadway, starting performances Dec. 12 and working by Feb. 17.

The Broadway forged of Ain't Too Proud additionally will function Esther Antoine, Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelius, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasis Thomas, Christian Thompson, Curtis Wiley and Candice Marie Woods.

Directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the present begins previews Feb. 28 on the Imperial Theatre, forward of a March 21 official opening. It involves Broadway following smash tryout engagements at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre and the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, the place it closes Nov. 17.

Detroit-born playwright Dominique Morisseau wrote the ebook for the musical, which options lots of The Tempts' enduring chart hits, together with "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," "Ball of Confusion" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," together with the title monitor, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."

The present covers The Temptations' rise from the streets of Detroit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a narrative of brotherhood and betrayal, household and loyalty; it chronicles the private and political conflicts that threatened to interrupt the group aside within the 1960s and '70s, echoing the civil unrest that was gripping the nation.

American Express card members pre-sale begins as we speak, with Audience Rewards member entry starting Nov. 15 and normal ticket gross sales from Nov. 19.

This article was initially revealed by The Hollywood Reporter.