Detroit gives Temptations show ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ a festive homecoming


Otis Williams addresses a private reception at the Detroit Opera House ahead of the Detroit homecoming of the Temptations'

The red carpet got rolled out Wednesday night as the Temptations’ musical finally came home.

A day after its public opening at the Detroit Opera House, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” had its starry moment in the theater district.

The Temptations’ Otis Williams, Detroit-born playwright Dominique Morisseau and a host of Motown alumni attended the festivities, which included a private Motown Museum reception before showtime.

“Ain’t Too Proud,” which wrapped its successful Broadway stand earlier this year, will run through Aug. 28 at the Opera House.

When it was announced in early 2020, “Ain’t Too Proud” was set to play the 2,200-seat Fisher Theater that summer. Coming out of the pandemic, the show was moved to the larger 2,700-seat Opera House because of ticket demand.

From left, James T Lane, Harrell Holmes, Otis Williams, Marcus Paul James, Elijah Ahmed Lewis, and Jalen Harris, pose at the red-carpet Detroit premiere of

Folks arriving at the Detroit Opera House were greeted by peppy performances of Motown tunes by the Detroit Youth Choir and the All City Marching Band, part of the loud, colorful action that caught the attention of passersby heading to the nearby Tigers game.

“My Girl” was the marching band’s song of choice as Williams and his entourage hit the red carpet to pose for cameras.

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