THE TEMPTATIONS: Otis Williams gives his thumbs up to bio-musical
Otis Williams is impressed by The Temptations bio-musical Ain't Too Proud.
Now in a pre-Broadway engagement in Washington, DC, the Motown legend tells WTOP radio, "These guys are doing a wonderful job portraying us." While such classic songs as "My Girl" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" made the Motown stars pop and soul icons, Williams admits that they are not as well known as The Supremes, Beatles or Aretha Franklin. "I’d like for [audiences] to take away,'‘Wow, I can really relate to the Temps.' That’s the element of a great show, when you can take away wonderful memories and wow sad times, but that’s what life is all about."
Jeremy Pope, who plays Eddie Kendricks in the musical, notes that Ain't Too Proud puts the Temptations in the context of Motown's heyday. "We also dive into The Supremes… Berry Gordy is there, Smokey Robinson is there... We just kind of follow the journey of The Temptations, forming the group and then the tension that built within... what separated these men and how Otis was the last man standing. He is the narrator of the story, being the last living one."