News Spotlight – “Ain’t Too Proud” Broadway Show Opens to a Packed House

EAST LANSING, MI – The Wharton Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Michigan State University is presenting “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations” through Sunday, June 12, 2022.

This electrifying smash-hit Broadway musical follows Motown legends, the Temptations’, journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  The high energy show was a music and choreography journey of those who sang with the Temptations and influenced the group. From the costume designs to the scenic designs, the attendees were transported back to a time when Black musicians were integrating the music scene until present.

The storyline is a moving tribute of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal during a decade of civil and political unrest in America. The audience was both young and old and they were enthusiastic and engaged. Not only was it thrilling and beyond expectation, but it was an educational and historical timeline of the Temptations during times that were changing rapidly throughout their early years.  It was a learning opportunity for those in attendance as well.

Otis Williams is the only surviving member of the original Temptations and was played by Marcus Paul James who seamlessly integrated in and out of scenes as the narrator of the show. The show moved at a fast pace, and one would think that it was going to slow down but audience members were utterly dazzled by melodious voices, impassioned dancing and a display of theatrical professionalism.


The play has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards and the winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography. Set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Cloud Nine,” “Get Ready,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and many chart-topping hits. This show is a crowd pleaser.

Jalen Harris, who plays Eddie Kendricks, said that it is simply one of his life’s greatest achievements to be able to portray the icon every night in the show. Harris grew up in a very musical family, with a father as a musician. Hearing the classic and timeless mega hits of Motown as a child was a part of his family culture.

Harris said, “I’ll never forget, the first Temptations’ song I sang as a kid was “Get Ready”. The advice I would give to a future Broadway performer is to stay focused and always be prepared. Our industry is so rewarding but also requires much of the individual. Be true to yourself and trust the process you’re in. Lastly, I would say to listen to those who have come before you and paved your way. We stand on the shoulders of those who have a lasting legacy for us, and that is truly an honor to uphold.”

The national tour of “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations” will be showcased in these cities:


East Lansing, MI USA

June 7 – June 12

Wharton Center for the Performing Arts


Madison, WI USA

June 14 – June 19

Overture Center


Kansas City, MO USA

June 21 – June 26

Municipal Auditorium Music Hall


Minneapolis, MN USA

June 28 – July 10

Orpheum Theatre – Minneapolis


Cleveland, OH USA

July 12 – July 31

KeyBank State Theatre


Greenville, SC USA

August 2 – August 7

Peace Center For The Performing Arts



Detroit, MI USA

August 9 – August 28

Detroit Opera House


Dallas, TX USA

September 6 – September 18

Music Hall At Fair Park


St. Louis, MO USA

September 20 – October 2

Fox Theatre – St. Louis


San Antonio, TX USA

October 11 – Oct 16

Majestic Theatre – San Antonio


Omaha, NE USA

October 18 – October 23

Orpheum Theater – Omaha


Denver, CO USA

October 25 – November 6

Buell Theatre


San Francisco, CA USA

November 8 – December 4

Golden Gate Theatre


Salt Lake City, UT USA

Jan 10, 2023 – Jan 15, 2023

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater


Spokane, WA USA

January 17, 2023 – January 22, 2023

First Interstate Center for the Arts


Seattle, WA USA

January 24, 2023 – February 5, 2023

Paramount Theatre


Memphis, TN USA

March 7, 2023 – March 12, 2023

Orpheum Theatre – Memphis

Tulsa, OK USA

April 4, 2023 – April 9, 2023

Chapman Music Hall at Tulsa Performing Arts Center


Louisville, KY USA

April 11, 2023 – April 16, 2023

Kentucky Center For The Performing Arts


West Palm Beach, FL USA

April 26, 2023 – April 30, 2023

Raymond F. Kravis Center For The Performing Arts


Tampa, FL USA

May 2, 2023 – May 7, 2023

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts


Miami, FL USA

May 9, 2023 – May 14, 2023

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County


Hartford, CT USA

May 30, 2023 – June 4, 2023



Dayton, OH USA

June 13, 2023 – June 18, 2023

Schuster Performing Arts Center: Mead Theatre


Appleton, WI USA

June 20, 2023 – June 25, 2023

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center


Richmond, VA USA

July 11, 2023 – July 16, 2023

Altria Theater


Knoxville, TN USA

July 18, 2023 – July 23, 2023

Tennessee Theatre


Charlotte, NC USA

July 25, 2023 – July 30, 2023

Belk Theater


Houston, TX USA

August 8, 2023 – August 13, 2023

Hobby Center For The Performing Arts