Actress Molly Ringwald to play jazz show in Twin Cities


Teen movie icon Molly Ringwald is getting into the music business with jazz singing -- and one of her first tour stops will be at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.

The Dakota says Molly Ringwald Quartet will play the club April 23. The tour date comes a couple weeks after the release of her debut CD, "Except … Sometimes," on April 9.

Ringwald, 45, is also making tour appearances in conjunction with her bestselling novel "When it Happens to You."

"Except … Sometimes" is a compilation of nine standards from the Great American Songbook, and concludes with a new take of "Don't You (Forget About Me"), the classic hit from her 1985 movie "The Breakfast Club."

In the release announcing Ringwald's appearance at the Dakota, Ringwald said being around jazz music isn't something new because her dad, pianist Bob Ringwald, was a jazz musician.

"Beginning at around age three I started singing with his band and jazz music has continued to be one of my three passions along with acting and writing," Ringwald said.

Ringwald started acting in 1979 on TV's "Diff'rent Strokes," and then the character on the show, Molly Parker, moved on to "The Facts of Life" in 1980. From there, Ringwald starred in a classic trio of late director John Hughes' films -- "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink."

The actresses' other credits include the films "The Pick-Up Artist" and "Betsy's Wedding," and on TV, the sitcom "Townies" and miniseries "The Stand."

Most recently, Ringwald starred in the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of an American Teenager."

See a clip of Ringwald and her co-stars in "The Breakfast Club" below.

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