Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Not Just Our Imagination: John Legend Film Company Now a Producer of Temptations Broadway Show


If you watched the Tony Awards special a couple of weeks ago, you may have noticed John Legend did a whole segment with the cast of “Ain’t Too Proud,” the Broadway musical.

It wasn’t just a nice booking. Turns out John has added his company’s name, Get Lifted, to the list of producers for the Temptations musical, along with his partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorious. John and Mike Jackson already won a Tony for being producers on August Wilson’s “Jitney” reunion in 2017 for Best Revival of a Play.

This is a smart idea. Legend may have some designs on playing one of the roles when “Ain’t Too Proud” becomes a movie. He’s not as lanky as Eddie Kendricks or David Ruffin, but he’s certainly got the chops. He could easily play Smokey Robinson, who wrote many of the group’s hits.

“Ain’t too Proud” re-opens on October 16th. It’s one of my favorite all time shows, I could listen to that album over and over.

 Watch the clip here from “Broadway’s Back!”– John knocked it out of the park with the cast.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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