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Casting Set for LA Run of Temptations Musical Ain't Too Proud

The show will play the Ahmanson Theatre this summer.

Jawan M. Jackson, Derrick Baskin, Jeremy Pope, James Harkness, and Ephraim Sykes in Ain't Too Proud.
(© Doug Hamilton)

Complete casting has been announced for the Los Angeles pre-Broadway engagement of Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations at the Ahmanson Theatre. It runs August 21-September 30.

Exploring the rise and history of the iconic Motown music group, Ain't Too Proud features a book by Dominique Morisseau, with a score of hits culled from the legendary Motown catalogue (by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing). Directed by Des McAnuff, the musical has choreography by Sergio Trujillo, musical direction, supervision, and arrangements by Kenny Seymour, and orchestrations by Harold Wheeler.

Leading this production as the Temptations will be 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. Ain't Too Proud will also feature Esther Antoine, Shawn Bowers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., Taylor Symone Jackson, Jahi Kearse, Jarvis B. Manning Jr., Joshua Morgan, Saint Aubyn, Rashidra Scott, Nasia Thomas, Christian Thompson, Curtis Wiley, and Candice Marie Woods.

The creative team is made up of Robert Brill (scenic designer), Paul Tazewell (costume designer), Howell Binkley (lighting designer), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound designer), Peter Nigrini (projection designer), Charles G. LaPointe (hair and wig designer), and Steve Rankin (fight director).

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