Good things come to those that wait. That’s the only thing I can think of when I am reading the news that twelve-time Grammy Award®-winning superstar John Legend and his partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorious in Get Lifted Film Co., have joined the producing team of the smash Broadway musical sensation “Ain’t Too Proud––The Life and Times of the Temptations.”
Is this COVID-19’s way of saying “I’m sorry for the mess that I made”? This move comes on the heels of Legend’s televised performance with the cast of “Ain’t Too Proud” on last Sunday night’s CBS special, “Broadway’s Back!”
The production is currently in rehearsals preparing to return to the Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) with a gala performance on Saturday, Oct. 16.
Legend is all about it and he, and Jackson, return to Broadway having previously won a Tony Award as producers of August Wilson’s “Jitney” which received the 2017 award for Best Revival of a Play.
In a statement, John Legend said, “Performing with this incredible cast is a memory I’ll always cherish. The Temptations music is core to my own musical upbringing and is an integral part of America’s cultural heartbeat. This is a musical I love and a story I want to help share. In this pivotal time, it’s so important that we support and maintain Broadway, an essential part of the soul of New York and the entire nation. I’m honored to be a part of the ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ team and the return of Broadway.”
Mike Jackson stated, “We are thrilled to be partnering with this fantastic team to help reopen Broadway. We love the live theatrical experience, and it has been a long time coming.”
Producers Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce said, “At the ‘Broadway’s Back!’ special, John unofficially joined the ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ family. Today we make it official. We have enormous admiration and respect for John, Mike, and Ty and are thrilled they have joined our team! They have a deep love and appreciation for The Temptations, their extraordinary body of music, and their cultural significance which will be a wonderful thing for ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ as we re-open on Broadway Oct. 16 and then, in December, begin our first national tour across the country.”
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