The Story of the Greatest Soul Band Ever

'Ain't Too Proud The Life and Times of the Temptations' plays at Berkeley Rep

'Ain't Too Proud The Life and Times of the Temptations' plays at Berkeley Rep (Photo: Carole Litwin/Berkeley Rep)

Aug. 31-Oct. 22: Both my co-host Jeffrey Edalatpour and I are keen to see the songs of The Temptations performed live by talented actors and dancers in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, a world premiere about the band’s early days at Berkeley Repertory Theater. But we’ve both been underwhelmed in the past by jukebox musicals. (Motown, the Berry Gordy produced musical, which covered some of this same ground, was hugely disappointing.) Still, we have hope, because playwright Dominique Morisseau is writing the book, and she’s known for her three-play cycle about her hometown The Detroit Projects. As Jeffrey notes, she’s not going to ignore the social and political context of being black in America at the height of the civil rights movement. It’s no surprise, also, that the production team is loaded with Broadway veterans like director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar), and Broadway is probably where this show will go after its Berkeley run. Details here.

The Story of the Greatest Soul Band Ever 7 September,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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