A friendly chat with Molly Ringwald
Ringwald is touring the country right now as the leading lady of Sweet Charity, a Broadway musical that first debuted about 40 years ago. So to help me with the interview, I recruited the help of St. Pete Times theater critic John Fleming. (Plus, I knew John -- unlike me -- wouldn't melt into a helpless puddle on the floor upon hearing Molly's voice.)
Sweet Charity plays here in Tampa Bay, Fla., from Jan. 2-7 at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall, so we were able to talk to Ringwald for a short interview in advance of the show.
During our time together, she talked about the challenges of her first nationwide tour, the task of converting a teen queen film career to a stage career and her desire to work again with 80s director/writer John Hughes.
For those 80s fans out there who are hoping for a ton of insight about her films during our favorite decade, I should warn you that the interview is more about what she's doing now. Like many stars from the 80s, she'd prefer to focus on her work today. But we think you'll still get a kick hearing her talk about her career, her love of "16 Candles" -- and desire to make a sequel -- as well as her current singing and dancing duties.
Enjoy the podcast.