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Otis Williams, the sole surviving original Temptation, Ron Tyson, a lead vocalist with the group for 37 years, Terry Weeks, a lead vocalist for 23 years, and Willie Greene, Jr., base vocalist with the group for four years, are still serenading fans with their soulful voices, lighting up stages with their famous Temptations’ Walk, and bringing joy to audiences of all ages.
They will perform Friday, Jan. 24, at BIG ARTS gala grand-opening fundraiser to complete the final phase of the building fund. It will be the first time the new building will be open to the public. The Temptations will be accompanied by a blockbuster backup of more than 13 world class musicians.
Named the “No. 1 R&B/Hip Hop Artists of All Time” and one of the “125 Greatest of All Time Artists” by Billboard Magazine, as well as one of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine, the group is truly a beloved “national treasure.”
The Temptations are currently the subject of the smash-hit Broadway musical, “Ain’t Too Proud,” which opened on March 21, 2019. The musical won the Tony Award for Best Choreography at the 73rd Tony Awards June 10, 2019 at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, and continues to captivate thousands of theatergoers during sold-out performances on the Great White Way. In June of 2019, the show’s producers announced tour plans for the musical starting July 2020, in more than 50 cities for 100-plus weeks.
Prior to the musical, the Temptations’ journey, as seen through the lens of Williams, was also a blockbuster television mini-series which aired in 1998. In 2018, Universal Music Enterprises released worldwide the Temptations’ latest studio album, All The Time, their first new album in eight years.
At the time of the album’s release, Williams said, “…Looking back, I never could have imagined where my life has taken me. I’m proud of what the Temptations have achieved, and I’m grateful for every opportunity we’ve been so fortunate to receive. The music carries me. Together, we lift our voices with love and wonder…”
Tickets are $750 per person and include complimentary valet parking, a lavish full-seated gourmet dinner buffet, full open bars, and post-concert dancing to a live band. Post-concert, will feature a live band and dancing in the garden with open bars, and sumptuous desserts including handmade crepe station and a coffee and tea café. Tickets limited and only available by phone at BIG ARTS 239-395-0900