Jelani Remy to Replace Jeremy Pope in Ain't Too Proud
The Temptations bio-musical will soon be getting a new Eddie Kendricks.
According to published reports, Jelani Remy (The Lion King, Smokey Joe's Cafe) will take over the role of Eddie Kendricks from Tony nominee Jeremy Pope in Ain't Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations starting July 9. Remy is currently a swing for the show. Pope's final performance will be on July 7.
The bio-musical, directed by Des McAnuff, and featuring a book by Dominique Morisseau and choreography by Tony winner Sergio Trujillo, is currently running at the Imperial Theatre. The musical is described as follows: "Ain't Too Proud is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations' extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history — how they met, the groundbreaking heights they hit and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. This thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal is set to the beat of the group's treasured hits, including 'My Girl,' 'Just My Imagination,' 'Get Ready,' 'Papa Was a Rolling Stone,' and so many more."
Leading the Broadway cast as the Temptations are Derrick Baskin as Otis Williams, James Harkness as Paul Williams, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin, Jeremy Pope as Eddie Kendricks, and Ephraim Sykes as David Ruffin. The company also features Saint Aubyn, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Candice Marie Woods, Esther Antoine, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy, and Curtis Wiley.