‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Premieres in Detroit at Detroit Opera House

Relive the heyday of Detroit’s own The Temptations with the Tony-winning musical ‘Ain’t too Proud’ — coming to the Detroit Opera House

From the National Touring Company of Ain’t Too Proud. Credit: © 2021 Emilio Madrid.
From the National Touring Company of Ain’t Too Proud. Credit: © 2021 Emilio Madrid.

The first national tour of the Tony-winning “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations,” the new Broadway smash hit musical, will make its Detroit premiere at the Detroit Opera House August 9–28, 2022 as part of its 60th anniversary season. ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ was originally supposed to make its national tour here in Detroit from July 27 – August 9, 2020. But had to shut down due to the pandemic.

“On any street in Detroit, across Michigan, and around the world you can hear the songs of the Temptations. Their music moves the world, but it lives here in Detroit. We hope that as Detroiters come and experience this incredible show, they’ll be inspired by the story that many of them know, and a lot of them will learn for the first time.”

Jamie Budgett, Broadway In Detroit’s General Manager

The musical has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won best choreography in 2019. The musical recounts The Temptations’ journey from the ghettos of Detroit to the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The legendary musical group ascended to the top of the charts with their iconic moves and recognizable harmonies — releasing an astonishing 42 top ten hits, 14 of which reached number one, and were voted the best R&B group of all time by Billboard in 2017. Get a glimpse of how they met, the remarkable heights they reached, and how personal and political tensions threatened to split the group apart as the United States descended into civil war. This gripping tale of brothers, family, devotion, and treachery is told to the music of the band’s greatest songs.

(L – R)  – Traci Elaine Lee, Deri’Andra Tucker, Shayla Brielle G. from the National Touring Company of Ain’t Too Proud. Credit: © 2021 Emilio Madrid.

“Ain’t too Proud” debuted on Broadway in March 2019, shattering box office records at Berkeley Rep, The Kennedy Center, CTG’s Ahmanson Theatre, and Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre. This musical production, written by Kennedy Prize-winning writer and Detroit-native Dominique Morisseau, was a sold-out hit and broke Canada’s Imperial Theatre box office record. The costumes for the play’s national tour are designed by Tony-winning Paul Tazewell, orchestration is by Tony winner Harold Wheeler with musical direction and arrangements by Kenny Seymour. Brian Harlan Brooks also serves as the musical resident tour director.

Cast of the musical “Ain’t too Pround.” Photo courtesy of ainttooproudmusical.com.

Tickets are now available. You can purchase online at ainttooproudmusical.com, over the phone by calling (800) 982-2787, or in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office, Grand Boulevard, Detroit.

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