As Broadway shows return, cast of Temptations musical see roles in new light

A musical about one of America’s most iconic musical groups is about to reopen on Broadway.

News 12 Staff

Sep 24, 2021, 11:59 PM

Updated 941 days ago

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A musical about one of America’s most iconic musical groups is about to reopen on Broadway.
The cast of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” say that they are seeing their roles in a new light in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.
“Especially with the world changing and living through some of the things the Temptations went through when their music was crossing over,” says Jelani Remy, who portrays Eddie Kendricks.
Remy says that the social justice movement taking place while Broadway was shut down impacted him personally and mirrors what the iconic soul and R&B group went through in the 1960s.
“I have a different appreciation for the show. I feel like a different person,” he says.
And Broadway itself may be different now. The industry, producers, union and theater owners have all adopted new policies to make Broadway more inclusive.
“We are changed human beings. So we have to make a space for that. We have to,” says cast member Nik Walker.
Walker says that when shows reopen at the Imperial Theatre, he will stop on stage with a new mindset.
“It’s a beautiful, amazing job. How do we take care of each other while doing that job? And this is the only way this works now,” he says.
“Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” reopens on Oct. 16 after more than 18 months.


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