Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hey Gen Xers: You might want to check this show out

I just loved one Charlotte couple’s idea for celebrating their 41st wedding anniversary yesterday: Going out to a free screening of ‘80s teen siren Molly Ringwald’s greatest film hits, "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club."

The crowd at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre cheered the anniversary couple last night while celebrating all things ‘80s. It was a special event in honor of Ringwald’s upcoming visit to Charlotte to perform in "Sweet Charity" (the Broadway Lights show plays here June 5-10).

I went with our theatre critic, Julie York Coppens, because I consider "The Breakfast Club" the most significant movie of my teenage years – in my mind, John Hughes was the first filmmaker to accurately capture how teenagers relate to each other. It was fun to see it on the big screen and hear the crowd reactions to lines like "neo-maxie-zoon-dweebie."

Most Gen Xers I know have a "Breakfast Club" character they identify with the most. For me, it’s Anthony Michael Hall’s brainy dork. I spent my high school years with a none-too-glamorous wardrobe, an obsession with my grades and memberships in various academic clubs that were "demented and sad, but social."

Ringwald embodied the spoiled teen princess well, and I’m glad to see she still has a thriving career in Broadway shows. Click here to see Julie’s advance story on the show.

When "Sweet Charity" rolls through town, I look forward to being there in the audience to watch Ringwald play another "lovable redhead with guy trouble," reminisce about my favorite Molly moments ("What about prom, Blane?"), and to appreciate her memorable contributions to pop culture.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey tell MOLLY RINGWALD that ROBBIE BENSON LIVES UP in BOONE and is a professor at the college; They starred together in a movie; MOLLY ROBIES in TOWN wink, wink ,

12:36 PM  
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12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Through the miracle of Visart, I shared this movie with my daughter when she was old enough to withstand ubiquitous use of the F-word.

And as a young Boomer, I had remembered the music as being amazing. It didn't hold up as well, though, as some of the Boomer music.

Long live Creedence Clearwater Revival. And Itunes for keeping that music alive.

6:55 AM  
Blogger JenFreespiritS said...

I have never seen The Breakfast Club.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once had a crush on MOLLY RINGWALD: Hey ,tell MOLLY to go to DEL FRISCOs that place is wonderful; Steaks start at $31.00 dollars and the sides are made for three; The service was impecable,I hope that means great service, becuase it was excellent servive. The Interior of DEL FRISCOS was great and the General Manager is from CHARLOTTE; Great crowd there saw Humpy Wheeler, Bruton Smith, Mayor McCrory and many other dignitaries. Hope I spelt that right

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would of thought the gen x generation would be past 30.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well look this is my last POST on LIEGHS BOARD ; I am tired of trying to start the CIVIL WAr down here so Ill go on my way to another part of the SOUTH ; Good Luck Y all signed YANKEE

7:26 AM  

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