Jacqueline edeling

New Temptation musical is an evening of good feelings and music

Broadway in Chicago brought “I’m Not Too Proud: The Life and Times of Temptations” at the Cadillac Palace Theater and loved it! I still have the Temptations albums and 45s and I still have fond memories of high school parties listening to songs like “Fading Away” and “Please Return Your Love to Me.” Alright, you might not know that one, it was a while ago.

The story is told by original band member and founding member Otis Williams, played by Marcus Paul James. We get a history lesson on how he came to Detroit from the south, found his love of music, and started the band with classic members Otis Williams (Marcus Paul James), Paul Williams (James T. Lane ), Melvin Franklin (Harrell Holmes, Jr.), Eddie Kendricks (Jalen Harris) and David Ruffin (Elijah Ahmad Lewis.)

From the first note to the last, there is good music and movement and most of us have been brought back to fond memories of our youth. The story recounts the ups and downs the band experienced and worked with Berry Gordy and Motown. We understand the changes to the group and why they happened.

The audience is welcome to sing loud and off key if you wish, and I’m proud to say that I did both on my favorite songs… which were all of them.

I had a conversation with James T. Lane who plays Paul Williams about the cast mastering the fluid movements of the Temptations. He replied, “Well, the funny thing is that Sergio Trujillo is the choreographer. So what he did so beautifully was he took their signature style, the softness, the smoothness, the steps, the temptations walk, the temptations movements, and then he developed that into A musical. So we have transitions. We’re definitely in gig mode where you see us do, ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’ and ‘Get Ready Because Here We Come’, but then you do it… we do stuff like ‘For Once in My Life’, which describes what Paul is going through in his life. So we take the performance aspect in various scenarios, and we bring those musical numbers to life. Paul was the group’s first choreographer.

Otis Williams, the only surviving original member of the group is the executive producer of “Ain’t It Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” and continues to perform and write music. Through the narration, we see the trials and tribulations he went through trying to keep the band together and trusting Motown and their vision for the band, even though it stifled his dream of writing music. for the group.

I know the story is about the Temptations, but I have to give props to the ladies of the show who play the Supremes, Tammi Terrell, Josephine, and other female characters. The voices of these ladies were incredible and more than once stopped the show.

I guarantee that when you leave the theater after the show, you’ll be singing all the old Motown hits and feeling great.

Until next time, keep your EYES up!