The rat pack should look out and make room because a member of the brat pack has invaded them.
Actress and singer Molly Ringwald paid the Lorain County Community College campus a visit on Friday, Oct. 24 to perform numbers from her first CD “Except Sometimes” which features music from the stage, the Great American Songbook and other spots in the twentieth century.
Ringwald is the first performance in the 2014-2015 Stock Arts Center season that will include acts such as 360 Allstars, Cellocentric and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in the future.
“I was thrilled to be able to book and bring an artist of Ms. Ringwald’s stature to Stocker Arts Center,” said Janet Herman Barlow, director of the Stocker Arts Center at LCCC.
The events also coincide with the Culinary Arts department and their contribution of providing the new pre dinner events leading up to curtain time of the performances.
“The staff had a great time putting smiles on our guests faces,” Executive Chef and Head of Dining Services at LCCC Eric Petrus commented about the night’s festivities. “Every guest that I spoke to enjoyed the ambiance, food, and service. I could not have asked for a better effort from the team on our first night this year. The staff worked very hard, I think that was evident in the result of such a successful evening. I can’t thank them enough.”
Ringwald, who began singing jazz with her father at the age of three, gave the large audience of all ages a performance to remember. She graced the stage in a shiny silver dress that illuminated her and the accompaniment of a small ensemble of music director and pianist Peter Smith, bassist Trevor Ware, percussionist Charles Ruggiero and their intimate setting in the Stocker Arts Center’s Hoke Theater.
“I’m like my own disco ball,” Ringwald joked as she humored the crowd throughout the evening, later on mentioning how often she talks about the CD sales in the lobby, life as a mother and wife, and how she travels around the world.
Ringwald performed an array of songs that dealt with the emotions and confusions, both good and bad, which comes to one when they fall in and out of love. The tracks from her CD give one the feelings of snuggling during a late winter early spring evening with the one you love. The title track “Except Sometimes”, produced in the 1930’s, was a mellow melody that slowed down the pace of previous songs such as“Sooner or Later” and “Exactly Like You” and played into the moment of realization that one faces when you have met and in some cases lost the love of your life.
“It is a national treasure we have to be proud of,” Ringwald added, on the effects the Great American Songbook has on her and how it should be viewed to the audience.
“A thought or emotion can be found in any of these songs.”
Ringwald gave credit to the late Billie Holiday as one of her favorite artists by performing a darker version of ‘Don’t Explain’, a soft thunderous tune that deals with betrayal and the sadness 0and anger that follows it. ‘The Very Thought of You’, a tune made famous by Natalie Cole, had a similar calming effect in comparison to how she feels the songs she performs.
Show tunes such as ‘Pretty’ from West Side Story, ‘The Street Where You Live’ (a song she believes to be the most romantic ever written) from My Fair Lady and ‘If I Were a Bell’ from Guys and Dolls, showed Ringwald’s range in musical theater and her ability to project her voice with little music needed. Her vocals soared in the French language with ‘J’attendrai’, a piece from the beginning of the twentieth century that was often used as a victory song in World War I. She also did a rendition of ‘Sooner of Later’, a track from the movie Dick Tracy.
The finale of the night was a tribute to the late John Hughes. ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’, a song that hit the charts with the help of The Breakfast Club, a film that Ringwald is famous for, can now be placed in a new genre as a piece of jazz music due to the slow and soft melody Ringwald gave to it.
She commented on how the song could be added to the Great American Songbook, due to the message the lyrics contain.
“It is time we induct new people into it,” Ringwald stated towards the end of her performance.
Once the night concluded, Ringwald signed autographs to the long line of fans that bought her new CD.
Ringwald’s performance was truly warm, comforting and delightful. It was proof that one doesn’t need to be identified as just a single form of entertainment. They can be multitalented and successful at other performing skills.