Now is the time for a visit with Noon theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins us weekly with her critiques of the Maryland scene. Today, she stars in the touring company’s new production of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of Temptations, light up the stage this week only, at the historic Baltimore Hippodrome Theatre.

The 2019 Broadway hit musical – nominated for 12 Tony® Awards and winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography – follows temptations‘ extraordinary musical careers from their Detroit roots to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Through a decade of civil strife and political turmoil, their smart and harmoniously harmonized performances have won the group 42 Top Ten Hits – with 14 reaching number one.

(L-R) Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Marcus Paul James, Jalen Harris, Harrell Holmes Jr. and James T. Lane, in the touring company production of ‘Ain’t Too Proud: the Life and Times of The Temptations’. (photo © Emilio Madrid)

Ain’t too proud was written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morrisseauis directed by two-time Tony Award winner McAnuffs (Jersey Boys), and features Tony’s winning choreography from Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, on your feet!). The musical also features many of the band’s biggest hits, including Ain’t too proud to beg, girl, just my imagination, get ready, daddy was a rolling stone, and others.

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations continues at Hippodrome Theater until Sunday, May 8. For timetables and ticket information, click here.