Press kit: Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

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

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11/07/17: Nearly 1,700 Watch Final Performance and Live Simulcast…

Nearly 1,700 People Watch Final Performance and Live Simulcast of the Hit Show Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and BAMPFA’s Outdoor Screen

Highest number of attendees to see a Berkeley Rep show at one time

Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) today announced that nearly 1,700 people watched the final performance and the first-ever live simulcast on BAMPFA’s outdoor screen of Berkeley Rep’s hit musical Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations. With 600 patrons attending the sold-out final performance at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre and an additional 1,100 patrons at the free outdoor simulcast, the 7pm Sunday, November 5 performance set the mark for the most patrons to watch a Berkeley Rep show at the same time. Also, Berkeley Rep is the first regional theatre in the country to have done a live simulcast.

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10/31/17: Outdoor Live Simulcast of Ain’t Too Proud

Berkeley Repertory Theatre and BAMPFA Announce Outdoor Live Simulcast of the Hit Show Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

November 5 event is free and open to the public

Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) today announced the first ever live simulcast of a Berkeley Rep performance on BAMPFA’s outdoor screen. The free presentation will feature the final performance of Berkeley Rep’s hit musical Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations on Sunday, November 5 at 7pm. The show, originally scheduled for a limited run, was extended an additional four weeks to meet demand, and has become the highest grossing show in the Theatre’s 50-year history.

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10/05/17: Ain’t Too Proud Sets New Box Office Record…

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations Sets New Berkeley Rep Box Office Record

World-premiere musical becomes highest-grossing show in 50-year history

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that the world-premiere musical Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations is the highest-grossing production in its nearly 50-year history. With box office receipts already exceeding $3.1 million—and sales still not completed—Ain’t Too Proud has become a bona fide hit.

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09/19/17: Ain’t Too Proud Must Close November 5…

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Extends Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations for an Additional Two Weeks—Must Close Sunday, November 5

By popular demand, 16 additional performances added

In response to critical praise and overwhelming demand, Berkeley Rep has announced that the world-premiere musical Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations will add two more weeks of performances to its extended run and will now close on Sunday, November 5.

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09/07/17: Berkeley Rep Extends Ain’t Too Proud

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Extends Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

By popular demand, fifteen performances added—now playing through Sunday, October 22

Due to an overwhelming demand, Berkeley Rep has announced that the world premiere musical of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations will extend for two additional weeks. Originally scheduled to close on October 8, the popular musical will now run through Sunday, October 22.

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07/13/17: Full Casting and Creative Team for Ain’t Too Proud

Berkeley Rep Announces Full Casting and Creative Team for World Premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

Single tickets on sale beginning Wednesday, July 19

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the full casting and creative team for the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations. The musical stage production will be directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Berkeley Rep presents the show by special arrangement with Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce (American Idiot, Spring Awakening).

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(l to r) Christian Thompson (Smokey Robinson), Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin), Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams), Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks), and James Harkness (Paul Williams) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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(l to r) Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks), James Harkness (Paul Williams), Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin), and Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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(l to r) Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin), Jarvis B. Manning, Jr. (Al Bryant), and Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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(l to r) Jarvis B. Manning (Norman Whitfield) and Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Caliaf St. Aubyn (Dennis Edwards) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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(l to r) Taylor Symone Jackson, Candice Marie Woods, and Nasia Thomas as The Supremes in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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(l to r) Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks), James Harkness (Paul Williams), Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams), and Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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(l to r) Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams), Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks), Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin), Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), and James Harkness (Paul Williams) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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(foreground) Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams); (background, l to r) Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks), Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin), and James Harkness (Paul Williams) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams) and Rashidra Scott (Josephine) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams) in the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Cast members of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Rep. (l to r) Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams), James Harkness (Paul Williams), Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks), and Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin).

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Cast members of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Rep. (front row, l to r) James Harkness (Paul Williams) and Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks); (back row, l to r) Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin), and Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams).

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Cast members of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Rep. (front row, l to r) James Harkness (Paul Williams) and Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks); (back row, l to r) Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin), and Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams).

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The cast of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Rep.

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The cast of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Rep.

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Des McAnuff, director of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

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Cast members of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Rep. (front row, l to r) James Harkness (Paul Williams) and Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks); (back row, l to r) Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin), Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), and Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams).

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Cast members of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Rep. (front row, l to r) James Harkness (Paul Williams) and Derrick Baskin (Otis Williams); (back row, l to r) Jared Joseph (Melvin Franklin), Ephraim Sykes (David Ruffin), and Jeremy Pope (Eddie Kendricks).

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The cast of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Rep.

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The cast of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations at Berkeley Rep.

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Dominique Morriseau, playwright of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations

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Who

Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Des McAnuff

Cast members include

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

Creative team includes

Robert Brill (scenic designer), Paul Tazewell (costume designer), Howell Binkley (lighting designer), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound designer), Peter Nigrini (projection designer), Charles G. LaPointe (hair and wig designer), and Steve Rankin (fight director). Orchestrations are by Harold Wheeler with music direction and arrangements by Kenny Seymour.

What

An electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, the greatest R&B group of all time (Billboard Magazine 2017). They were five young guys on the streets of Detroit when they were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. After 24 attempts, they finally had a hit and the rest is history—how they met, how they rose, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the nation fell into civil unrest. Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and two-time Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff bring you this thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal. Iconic hits like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and the signature dance moves that made the “Classic Five” Temptations part of our cultural history forever.

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

August 31–November 5, 2017

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Special events

Teen Night

Friday 9/8 @ 6:30pm

Opening Night

Thursday 9/14 @ 8pm
Includes a pre-show dinner beginning at 5:30pm for donors. Event sponsored by Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Autumn Press, Hafner Vineyard, and Ramsay Winery.

Free docent events

Docent talks before Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening and Sunday matinee performances, and discussions after all matinees

Post-play discussions

Friday 9/22, Tuesday 9/26, and Thursday 10/5 following the performance

Open captioned performance

Sunday 10/8 @ 2pm

How much

Premium: $115–135 · Section A: $100–115 · Section B: $60–95 (subject to change)

Discounts

  • 30% off the ticket price for anyone under 35 years of age
  • $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain
  • Groups of 10 or more, email groups@berkeleyrep.org

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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