With Ain't Too Proud to Beg -- The Temptations Musical now one of Broadway's hottest tickets, the actor who plays Otis Williams opens up about the musical.
Derrick Baskin says portraying the last living member of the original Temptations "is a pretty big weight to carry. It's been a wonderful experience and a blessing...to carry this torch."
Baskin pulls double duty. Not only does he portray a legendary artist, he also narrates the show, which is based on Williams's 1988 autobiography.
One of the keys to the show's success is that you don't need to remember The Temptations first-hand. It was designed for two distinct audiences.
Derrick Baskin says whether or not you remember the 1960s and '70s, Ain't Too Proud to Beg has a lot to offer. :
"If you grew up with The Temptations, it's going to take you back to your childhood. It's going to take you back to that first love. It's going to take you back to that heartbreak. If you didn't grow up with The Temptations, you're going to hear about a group that transformed music. You're going to hear about a group that reflected the times that they lived in that changed the culture of music."
Working with Williams and several other Motown legends helped the 43-year-old comfortably slip into the role.
Derrick Baskin talked about learning from the original Motown artists:"It's really interesting to delve into the lives of these guys that, you know, you really don't know about. And luckily, we have Smokey Robinson, we have Berry Gordy, we have Mary Wilson of The Supremes, we have Otis Williams, of course -- who we have all got to talk to personally, who have told us first-hand stories of when they were young. They used to run the streets. You know, we get to hear the stories of these guys and then we get to relay these stories to you."
Ain't Too Proud to Beg -- The Temptations Musical played to nearly 97 percent capacity in the week ending last Sunday.