Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations will officially launch a national tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, in July 2020.
The tour will play more than 50 cities coast-to-coast for more than 100 touring weeks, including a homecoming to The Temptations’ roots in Detroit, and a return to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
“We have been so blown away by the reception forAin’t Too Proud– not only on Broadway, but also from our pre-Broadway engagements – that we can’t wait to bring the show back to audiences across America,” said producers Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce. “Feedback from cities we have already been to has been extraordinary. When we first played DC’s Kennedy Center it was in the Eisenhower Theater; however, for Christmas 2021, they are welcoming us back to their largest venue, the Opera House.”
Ain't Too Proud is nominated for 12 Tony Awards total including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations. Cast member Derrick Baskin is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his performance in the production. Jeremy Pope is the 6th actor in Tony Award history nominated in two categories the same year! Pope is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play or his performance in Choir Boy as well as Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his performance in Ain't Too Proud. Ephraim Sykes is also nominated for the the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his performance in Ain't Too Proud.
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