All About Molly
When I talked to Molly Ringwald back in April for the June 2007 Conversation, I ended the interview with, “I can’t wait to see the show when it gets to Charlotte!” *Audible Sigh* Why did I do that? Well, I try to be an honest person, so for a Mother’s Day gift I got tickets for my mom and I to see Sweet Charity at the Belk Theatre as part of the Stanford Broadway Lights Series. We made an evening of it last night hitting Zink American Kitchen beforehand where we saw a few cast members eating their dinner before the evening performance. I’m always amazed at the amount of make-up required for theater.
So, after a nice dinner, assisted by two (maybe three) glasses of a fine Pinot Grigio, we got into our seats and awaited the first number. I have to admit, when I saw Molly — and yes, I’ll skip formality and call her Molly now — appear as Charity Hope Valentine on stage for the first time I got a bit giddy. I did in fact grow up watching her movies. I love them to this day and can’t wait until my daughters are angst-ridden teenagers so I can share these wonderful rites of passage with them. Okay, scratch that. I can wait on the angst-ridden teen part. But the point is, the films are timeless and in many respects, so is Molly.
Before my interview with her I was told by her handler that she doesn’t like answering questions about the “80’s movies” because she wants to keep focused on her current career. I can understand and respect that. But I also would have loved her to just embrace the roles that have made her an identifiable star. Embrace them, Molly. We all love those films! And we love you for making them. We have all grown up and many of us are wives, husbands, mothers and fathers now, but there is a part of us all that remembers our first Sixteen Candles experience. We all went to high school and longed to be Pretty in Pink. And some days, detention seemed like a fine idea, if it all played out like The Breakfast Club. So, while Molly sang her heart out — very well, I might add — and danced around as Charity Hope Valentine, visions of Samantha Baker, Andie Walsh and Claire Standish filled my head. And that’s a good thing. In fact, I’m looking forward to Sixteen Candles, The Musical one of these days. One can dream.