Temptations musical opens in Berkeley, eyes Broadway


Many a generation seduced by the Motown sound may well die and go to cloud nine after seeing “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations.”

A propulsive new musical driven by group founder Otis Williams’ life story, “Ain’t” is making its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre with its eyes on Broadway. Directed by a master of the genre, Des McAnuff, of “Jersey Boys” and “Tommy” fame, this ambitious Motown biography throbs with grit and groove. We learn the backstory of the legendary R&B band, how five young black men came to fame in a white world, how they found their voice in their music even as cries of despair filled the streets in the Civil Rights era.

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