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‘Ain’t Too Proud’ musical is a hit with The Temptations’ Otis Williams

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Otis Williams and Michael Andreaus only met a few years ago, but two things they share – a love of singing and a rich tenor/baritone voice – found them on parallel tracks.

Williams used his voice in the early years of Motown Records to power The Temptations to the top of the charts, a journey Andreaus relives now on stage, playing Williams on the Broadway tour of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.” The show opens a six-day run at Providence Performing Arts Center on Jan. 23.

“I still would never imagine,” Williams says of the show, which he’s seen multiple times. “All because I just wanted to sing!”

The Texas native, whose family moved to Detroit for work in the 1950s, recalls searching his new home for others who wanted to replicate the gospel sound of Mahalia Jackson and The Harmonizing Four that he grew up hearing.

“Rock ‘n’ roll was in its infancy, but I remember being in the Fox Theatre and seeing 5,000 people going crazy over what was going on onstage,” Williams says. “Seven years later, I had my group, and we were getting the same reaction.”



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