The production opened earlier this year.

Credit Johan Persson

It has been announced that the West End production of Ain’t Too Proud will play its final performance at the Prince Edward Theatre on the 17th September, ending its run earlier than expected.

The musical based on the life and career of The Temptations stars 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. The company is completed by Evonnee Bentley-Holder, Natalia Brown, Ryan Carter, Hannah Fairclough, Christopher Gopaul, Daniel Haswell, Naomi Katiyo, Akmed Junior Khemalai, Holly Liburd, Darnell Mathew-James, Simeon Montague, Posi Morakinyo, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Michael James Stewart, Toyan Thomas-Browne, Dylan Turner and Kevin Yates.

Ain’t Too Proud features  a book by Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau and follows the journey of the group from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It includes many of their best known songs including My Girl, Just My Imagination and Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.

Transferring the West End from Broadway earlier this year, the musical won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography and is directed by  Des McAnuff . The production features choreography by Sergio Trujilio, scenic design by Tony Award nominee Robert Brill,  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. 

During their career, The Temptations have been ranked Number One in Billboard Magazine’s recent list of ‘Greatest R&B/Hip Hop Artists of All Time’ and were also named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’.  “My Girl,” released in December 1964, was The Temptations’ first #1 charted record and sold millions of copies. “My Girl” was inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 and in 2018 it was entered into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.

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