The new musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations” was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Playbill announced yesterday (April 30). The show, which opened on Broadway on March 25, highlights the now-famous quintet as they went from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It is second in nominations to “Hadestown,” which received 14 nods.
Written by three-time Obie Award-winner Dominique Morisseau (“Pipeline,” “Skeleton Crew”), who received a Best Book of a Musical nomination, the show treats fans of the group to hits like “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “My Girl” and “Just My Imagination,” coupled with their signature choreography.
Before the Tony’s took notice, the original Temptations members had already sung the musical’s praises. “These guys are doing a wonderful job portraying us,” Otis Williams, the group’s founder, told WTOP last year. And, now, Broadway bigwigs agree. Three cast members—Derrick Baskin, Jeremy Pope and Ephraim Sykes—received Best Performance nominations, along with the director and choreographer.
Watch the Temptations cast perform the title song and “My Girl” live on Today.
The 73rd annual Tony Awards will take place June 9.