Molly Ringwald puts her stamp on jazz classics and standards

2014-03-27T16:15:00Z Molly Ringwald puts her stamp on jazz classics and standardsEloise Marie Valadez, (219) 933-3365

It's not often fans of actress Molly Ringwald can enjoy another artistic talent of hers on a live stage.

Ringwald showcased her musical side during a concert March 19 at City Winery in Chicago. The actress, known for her portrayal of teen characters in iconic '80s John Hughes film hits "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles," and "Pretty in Pink," delivered a nearly 90-minute set of jazz favorites and hits from the Great American Songbook.

The actress and her quintet proved an engaging group of performers as Ringwald delivered an energetic, pleasant set filled with tunes from her 2013 release "Except Sometimes."

Ringwald talked to her fans and often gave a bit of insight into certain songs and shared a few stories from her life. During a recent interview with the actress, she said she enjoys introducing people to the Great American Songbook if they haven't heard many of the tunes. And it was obvious that's true as she seemed to be enjoying her time on stage singing the classics.

On Ringwald's performance list were "Sooner or Later"; "I Get Along Without You Very Well"; a whimsical version of "I Feel Pretty" from "West Side Story"; "Exactly Like You"; the Billie Holiday classic "Don't Explain" and "On the Street Where You Live," which she said was one of the most "romantic" songs in addition to being the ultimate "stalking" song.

The actress paid homage to the late director/screenwriter Hughes with a jazzy version of Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)," best known as the theme song to "The Breakfast Club." For more information on Molly Ringwald and her projects, visit

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