Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations


Ain’t Too Proud is an electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, “the greatest R&B group of all time” (Billboard Magazine). Five young guys on the streets of Detroit were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts—creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later. (Recommended for ages 12 and up)

Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Show Type
Running Time
150 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$39 - $159

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Box Office Phone: 202-467-4600

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 06/19/2018 - 07/22/2018
Sunday 02:00pm08:00pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday 08:00pm--
Wednesday 08:00pm--
Thursday 08:00pm--
Friday 08:00pm--
Saturday 02:00pm08:00pm-
Important Dates
Performer Role
Derrick Baskin Otis Williams
James Harkness Paul Williams
Jawan M Jackson Melvin Franklin
Jeremy Pope Eddie Kendricks
Ephraim Sykes David Ruffin
Jarvis B Manning Jr Al Bryant and others
Taylor Symone Jackson Johnnie Mae and others
Jahi Kearse Berry Gordy and others
Christian Thompson Smokey Robinson and others
Candice Marie Woods Diana Ross and others
Rashidra Scott Josephine and others
Nasia Thomas Tammi Terrell and others
Joshua Morgan Shelly Berger and others
Caliaf St. Aubyn Dennis Edwards and others
E. Clayton Cornelious Richard Street and others
Shawn Bowers Lamont and others
Production Personnel
Des McAnuff
Costume Designer
Paul Tazewell
Set Designer
Robert Brill
Sound Designer
Steve Canyon Kennedy
Sergio Trujillo
Musical Director
Kenny Seymour
Lighting Designer
Howell Binkley
The Legendary Motown Catalog
Book Writer
Dominique Morisseau
Adapted From
“The Temptations” by Otis Williams with Patricia Romanowski
Projections/Media Designer
Peter Nigrini


The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
2700 F Street, Washington, DC 20566

Getting There

  • Foggy Bottom-GWU (Blue/Orange Line)
  • Free Kennedy Center shuttle bus available from the Foggy Bottom Metro to Kennedy Center


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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