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The American acting icon of the 80s, Molly Ringwald, is coming to East Central University for “An Evening with Molly Ringwald.”

On April 7, 2016, she will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Ataloa Theatre at the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The actress, best known for her roles in 80s classics, now entertains her fans off the big screen. She will sing classical jazz songs she has loved for years, songs which have meaningful lyrics and messages to her. Ringwald has been singing since well before she was America’s 80s acting icon or became a Golden Globe nominated actress as her father was a jazz musician.

Ringwald recorded “Except Sometimes” with Peter Smith (who also produced the album) on piano, Clayton Cameron on drums, Allen Mezquida on alto saxophone and Trevor Ware on bass. Together, they put a new spin on such jazz and musical standards as “The Very Thought of You,” “I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes),” “I’ll Take Romance,” “Sooner or Later” and “Where Is Love.”

Ringwald is an actress of the iconic 1980s John Hughes movie hits, “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty in Pink.”  She was also cast in Paul Mazursky’s film “Tempest” at the age of 13.

Her performance as Miranda, the daughter of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, earned her a Golden Globe nomination and she went on to star in numerous films, including “The Pick-Up Artist,” “For Keeps,” “Fresh Horses,” “Betsy’s Wedding,” Cindy Sherman’s “Office Killer,” Billy Bob Thornton’s short film “Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade,” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “King Lear.”

The 2015-16 fine arts season is sponsored by the ECU Foundation, Inc., Oklahoma Arts Council, Communication Federal Credit Union, Vision Bank, SCORE Broadcasting, The Ada News, Adventure Road, Hampton Inn and Suites, Citizen’s Bank, Santa Fe Steakhouse, ECU Bookstore, Polo’s Mexican Restaurant, Vintage 22 and La Quinta Inns and Suites.

Those who want to make it a dinner-and-show night can present their season ticket patron card and receive a 10 percent discount at Rib Crib, Santa Fe Steakhouse and Vintage 22 on the night of the performance.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at or at the box office the night of the show. For more information about the performance, contact the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center Box Office, 580-559-5751 or visit

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