Her roles in the films Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club have made Molly Ringwald a pop icon. These films may have defined her as an artist, but there is actually far more to Ringwald than just acting.
Diehard fans may have expected more talk of her film and stage career or even her directorial ambitions, but to their dismay it was mentioned just once. This show was all about her recently released debut album Except Sometimes, which mainly comprises songs from The Great American Songbook.
The show was so dominated by her album that it was spruiked again and again and again. This light-hearted joke soon became tiresome, and then just an obviously desperate ploy for sales.
Ringwald’s voice is sometimes alluring, with a peaceful listlessness. More often than not though, her tone is grating and there are terribly obvious intonation issues.
Even the most poignant of tunes lacked some feeling or character. Perhaps the problem was that every song, despite the varied genres, was handled with much the same musical approach and style.
From the half-hearted banter to her convulsive dancing, everything was performed in the most unenthused, insincere fashion. Ringwald was so apparently disinterested that at halfway, she even asked the audience the time.
No matter the artist’s cult status, discard high expectations at the theatre door. Disappointment can be cruel.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
An Evening with Molly Ringwald
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse
Dates/Times: Fri 7 June 9.30pm, Sat 8 June 1pm, Sat 8 June 6.30pm, Sun 9 June 8pm