The producers of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations have revealed casting for the show.
Ain’t Too Proud starts performances on 31 March 2023 at the Prince Edward Theatre in London.
The smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical will star Cameron Bernard Jones as Melvin Franklin, Kyle Cox as Paul Williams, Sifiso Mazibuko as Otis Williams, Tosh Wanogho-Maud as David Ruffin and Mitchell Zhangazha as Eddie Kendricks.
Ain’t Too Proud is the incredible true story of The Temptations – the greatest R&B group of all time, following the remarkable journey of the group from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Cameron Bernard Jones’ theatre credits include Punchdrunk’s The Burnt City, the title role in The Wiz at the Hope Mill Theatre, South Pacific at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and Motown The Musical both in the West End.
Kyle Cox currently stars in Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre. Other theatre credits include the role of Wyatt in Crazy For You at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Sifiso Mazibuko’s theatre credits include the role of Aaron Burr in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Malindadzimu at the Hampstead Theatre and Motown The Musical in the West End.
Tosh Wanogho-Maud’s theatre credits include the role of Ben E King/ Rudy Lewis in The Drifter’s Girl at the Garrick Theatre, Jimmy Early in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, Joe in Show Boat at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, Mutumbo in The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Young Simba in Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre and Winston in Whistle Down the Wind at the Aldwych Theatre.
Mitchell Zhangazha’s most recently appears in Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. His other theatre credits include Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre, for which he won the Black British Theatre Award 2022 for Best Understudy/Swing in a Theatre Production, Back to the Future at the Manchester Opera House, Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, Caroline or Change at the National Theatre, Porgy and Bess at the Savoy Theatre, Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and Young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre and on tour.
The show won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, and includes the hits My Girl, Just My Imagination, Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone and more.
Ain’t Too Proud has a book by playwright Dominique Morisseau and reunites two-time Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff with Tony and Olivier Award winning choreographer Sergio Trujilio (Jersey Boys).
Scenic design is by Robert Brill, Costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, projection design by Peter Nigrini, Hair and Wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, Music Supervision and Arrangements are by Kenny Seymour, Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler and Music Direction by Matt Smith.