NEWS: Initial Casting announced for West End Production Ain’t Too Proud

The production is set to begin performances at the Prince Edward Theatre from the 31st March.

(c)Craig Sugden

Producers of the Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud have announced the West End quintet taking on the roles of The Temptations when it arrives in the West End next year.

Directed by Des McAnuff, the cast will star Cameron Bernard Jones as Melvin Franklin, Kyle Cox as Paul Williams, Sifiso Mazibuko as Otis Williams, Tosh Wanogho-Maud as David Ruffin and Mitchell Zhangazha as Eddie Kendricks as the iconic group. Further casting has yet to be announced.

Cameron Bernard Jones’ theatre credits include Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City, the titular role in The Wiz at the Hope Mill Theatre, South Pacific at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Tina The Musical and Motown The Musical both in the West End, the latter in which he also played the role of Melvin Franklin.


Kyle Cox currently stars in Elf at the Dominion Theatre. His additional theatre credits include the role of Wyatt in Crazy For You at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and a workshop production of Halls: The Musical at the Turbine Theatre.


Sifiso Mazibuko’s theatre credits include the role of Aaron Burr in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, as well as Malindadzimu at the Hampstead Theatre and Motown The Musical in the West End.


Tosh Wanogho-Maud’s theatre credits include the role of Ben E King/ Rudy Lewis in The Drifter’s Girl at the Garrick Theatre, Jimmy Early in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, Joe in Show Boat at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, Mutumbo in The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Young Simba in The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre and Winston in Whistle Down the Wind at the Aldwych Theatre.


Mitchell Zhangazha’s is currently appearing in Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. His other theatre credits include Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre, for which he won the Black British Theatre Award 2022 for Best Understudy/Swing in a Theatre Production, Back to the Future at the Manchester Opera House and Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

The musical, featuring a book by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, follows the journey of the group from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It is set to feature many of their biggest hits including: My Girl, Just My Imagination and Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.

Ain’t Too Proud features choreography by  Sergio Trujilio, scenic design by Tony Award nominee Robert Brill with costume design by Tony Award winner Paul Tazewell and lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by  Steve Canyon Kennedy. Projection design is by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe. Music supervision and arrangements are by Kenny Seymour, orchestrations by Drama Desk Award winner Harold Wheeler and music direction by Matt Smith. 

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