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Broadway: “Ain’t Too Proud” Closing January 16th (Sniff!), “American Utopia” Downsizing to Keep Going (See Videos)


COVID is really wrecking havoc on Broadway, as we know.

Sad news this morning that “Ain’t Too Proud,” the Temptations musical, will close on January 16th after 488 performances (pending any additional COVID cancellations) and 21 previews.

I loved this show, and will try and see it again in the next couple of weeks. The casts have been amazing. Dominique Morrisseau did such a good job with original Temptations singer Otis Williams’ book. Just hearing these songs live on stage, and seeing the original Motown dance moves, is exhilarating. we can only hope that down the line, “Ain’t Too Proud” will return once this whole COVID mess is over!

Performances resume tonight for three weeks on Broadway and in Washington at the Kennedy Center. There;s a national tour underway — don’t miss it!

The other news is that David Byrne’s “American Utopia” returns tonight, but downsized so the show can go on. That remarkable cast has been hit by COVID. So David is reconfiguring and playing some songs from his solo career that don’t require as many performers.

Byrne says: “What we are doing could be called Unplugged, or maybe Unchained. We are adding some songs by Talking Heads as well as songs from my solo catalog, that will supplement songs already in American Utopia. I know it’s going to be a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, that will only be seen for a few performances. We are ready to have a good time!”

I’m going to see that one, too. If you’re a Byrne or Talking Heads fan, again, don’t miss this!

During New Year’s Week, “American Utopia” offers performances December 28 at 8 PM, December 29 at 8 PM, December 30 at 5 PM and 9 PM, January 1, 2022, at 5 PM, and January 2 at 3 PM.

See the videos below:

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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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