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“People always say I make musicals for people who hate musicals and there is some truth to that.
I see them as serious pieces of theater.” “Ain’t Too Proud” traces The Temptations’ path from a church choir in Birmingham, Ala., where Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams first met, to the glory days of Motown.
The musical charts the rise of the iconic Motown group amid the turbulence and chaos of the Civil Rights era.
“For me the Temptations are more than just a band, they are an American institution,” says director Des Mc Anuff, famed for helming “Jersey Boys” and “Tommy.” “They were at the vanguard, not just musically but also culturally and politically.” Mc Anuff, a two-time Tony winner, suspects that the racial and cultural significance of the musical, which recounts what it was like to be the first band to crossover from R&B to top 40, has sharpened to a knife’s edge in the wake of Charlottesville.
it’s important to make a space for rage and not to try and quell it.” Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks), Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams), and Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
(Kevin Berne) Mc Anuff also thinks of this musical as a work of grit and substance, a history play in the Elizabethan sense.
Following the tragic events that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb.
The performers were accompanied by the South Florida Symphony.
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Parkland, USA, setlist:• “Hallelujah” – Carrie Manolakos and MSD Students • “Broadway Here I Come” – George Salazar • “Blue Skies Lie Ahead” – Justin Guarini • “Man in the Mirror” – Erich Bergen and Spotlights • “Proud of Your Boy” – Telly Leung • “Life is Like a Roller Coaster” – Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Pena • “I Will Always Love You” – Deborah Cox • “Buttload of Cats” – Rachel Bloom • “Made For This” – Jake Wildhorn • “If We Only Have Love” – Etai Benson • “Neverland/Stronger Medley” – Matthew Morrison • “Come Alive” – Vincent Rodriguez III and Carrie Manolakos • “Perfect Day” – Brandon Shaprio • “You Will Be Found” – Noah Galvin, Jordan Donica, Carrie Manolakos and MSD Students • Intermission • “Seasons of Love” – MSD Students • “Make Them Hear You” – Ephraim Sykes • “Never Again” – Elysia Jordan • “Okay” – Ally Reichard and Christy Altomare • “Imagine” – Laura Bell Bundy and students • “Journey to the Past” – Christy Altomare • “New Generation” – Bryan Fenkart • “A Million Dreams” – Deborah Cox & Jordan Donica • “Almost There” – Donna Lynne Champlin • “Sort Of” – Jessica Vosk, Elysia Jordan and Dance Company – in honor of Jaime Guttenberg • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Matthew Morrison and Kali Clougherty • “This Is Me” – Charity Angel Dawson and company members from • “Shine” – Sawyer Garrity and cast of From Broadway With Love Some of the songs performed were written by the Stoneman Douglas students in collaboration with New York theatrical composers including Joe Iconis, Bobby Cronin, Zoe Sarnak, Drew Gasparini and more, with additional songs written solely by the students.
If you just can’t get enough of the legacy of the Temptations, from their velvety smooth sound to their razor-sharp dance moves, better motor on over to Berkeley Rep for the new Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations.” Steeped in the memories of Otis Williams, the sole surviving band member, this musical spins around a finger-snapping greatest hits catalog that spans generations, from the slick doo-wop harmony of “My Girl” to the pain and rage of “Ball of Confusion” and “Runaway Child, Running Wild.” Coming on the heels of Broadway-bound musicals such as “Roman Holiday,” “Monsoon Wedding” and “Amelie,” the highly-anticipated “Temptations” tuner, which is getting its world premiere through Oct.
8 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, definitely has aspirations to a Broadway run.