80's Film Icon Molly Ringwald to Perform Jazz Favorites This November
Favorite 80's teen movie queen Molly Ringwald will perform hits from her recent jazz CD at Husson University's Gracie Theatre on November 23rd. "An Evening with Molly Ringwald" features the song stylings of Ringwald and the music of her jazz quartet - with two performances at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm.
"This soul-stirring jazz performance will bring a touch of Hollywood to Bangor," said Jeri Misler, managing director of the Gracie Theatre. "As a young fan of "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club," and a current fan of her two books, I'm looking forward to Molly sharing her love of music with a Maine audience."
The Molly Ringwald Quartet includes Ringwald on vocals, Musical Director Peter Smith, on piano, plus a bass musician and a drummer. Her debut CD, "Except Sometimes," released earlier this year, received rave reviews. The Huffington Post described Ringwald's voice as "unaffected, clear, and at moments, vulnerable," and further added, "she coaxes complexity from her honeyed mezzo-soprano."
Her Gracie performance will feature the album's soft-jazz interpretation of "Don't You (Forget About Me)," the theme song from "The Breakfast Club" among other jazz standards from the release.
Ringwald's passion for jazz and singing started at a young age. According to Ringwald, "I grew up in a home filled with music and had an early appreciation of jazz since my dad was a jazz musician [pianist Bob Ringwald]. At around age three, I started singing with his band. Jazz music has continued to be one of my three passions along with acting and writing. I like to say jazz music is my musical equivalent of comfort food. It's always where I go back to when I want to feel grounded."
Ringwald is best known for her roles in the John Hughes' motion pictures "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," and "Pretty in Pink." After the success of those and subsequent films including Stephen King's "The Stand," Ringwald moved to Paris and appeared in several French films.