2025 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

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Ain't Too Proud

Closed November 5, 2017

Richly textured, perfectly blended harmonies back lead vocals that somehow combine swaggering showmanship, meticulously honed technique and emotion of almost unbearable intensity.

Lily Janiak, SFGate.

Why See Ain't Too Proud?

Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Tempations

An exciting new musical about the life and growth of The Temptations, the greatest R&B group of all time! These five young guys were discovered on the streets of Detroit by Berry Gordy and signed to the legendary record label; Motown Records. With their contagious choreography, unforgettable harmonies and flashy wardrobes, The Temptations ooze a feel-good vibe.

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

The story of The Temptations is bursting open the doors of Berkeley Rep with an explosion of energy in this world-premiere production directed by two time tony-award winning Des McAnuff; it will take us on the journey through loyalty, family, brotherhood, betrayal and how personal and political conflicts threatened to rip their dreams apart. You'll be hearing over 30 memorable rock-and-roll songs, with all The Temptations biggest hits including "My Girl", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", "The Way You Do The Things You Do", and if The Temptations aren't tempting you enough you'll be dancing to bonus tracks that will be keeping you from sitting down including Supremes "You Can't Hurry Love" and an upbeat version of "Shout!"... this will truly be a night to remember!

Did You Know?

The Temptations were originally called The Elgins until Motown Records decided to change their name to The Tempations, they also had 24 attempts before getting a hit record and the rest... well that's history.

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Opening night: 23 September 2017

Cast and Creative


Derrick Baskin as Otis Williams
Ephraim Sykes as David Ruffin
Jared Joseph as Melvin Franklin
James Harkness as Paul Williams
Jeremy Pope as Eddie Kendricks
Shawn Bowers as Lamont
Jeremy Cohen as Shelly Berger
E. Clayton Cornelious as Richard Street
Taylor Symone Jackson as Johnnie Mae
Jahi Kearse as Berry Gordy
Jarvis B. Manning as Al
Rashidra Scott as Josephine
Caliaf St. Aubyn as Dennis
Nasia Thomas as Mama Rose 
Christian Thompson as Smokey Robinson
Candice Marie Woods as Diana Ross
Esther Antoine, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., and Devin L. Roberts as Swing.


Playwright by Dominique Morisseau 
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Directed by Des McAnuff
Scenic design by Robert Brill
Costume design by Paul Tazewell
Lighting design by Howell Binkley
Sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy
Projection design by Peter Nigrini
Hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe
Fight directed by Steve Rankin
Orchestrians by Harold Wheeler
Music direction and arrangements by Kenney Seymour

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