Iconic “Temptations” Broadway hit on Road Show Tour

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“It’s about soul. It’s about love. And most of all, it’s about the music.”This closing line in the Broadway smash “Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations” – on the road now and currently at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center -- triggers thunderous applause in standing ovations from the audience. The reaction is a testament to the heart-warming and heart-breaking appeal of the story tracing the legendary group’s journey from the mean streets of Detroit to superstardom Rock and Roll Hall of Fame success, making civil rights history.The group crosses color lines and proves that music is color-blind.The Temptations’ response to bigotry of the 1960s-70s era is a lesson for modern times, evident in a powerful scene where the band, touring the South, face gunfire and rejection from a biased hotel. Cowering overnight in their bus, instead of reacting with violence, they defiantly resolve to “cross-over” to reach mainstream (white) fans.That they do, making history during the turbulence of the Vietnam War (debating whether fans would accept a protest song) and the civil rights movement punctuated by Martin Luther King’s assassination, that brings chills when the group sings “I Wish it Would Rain.”What could be more cross-over...

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