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click to enlarge Molly Ringwald stars in Sweet Charity. - Andrew Eccles
Andrew Eccles
Molly Ringwald stars in Sweet Charity.

From Brat Pack princess to faded star to Broadway headliner, Molly Ringwald has done time on every level of a working actor's career spectrum. The daughter of a blind jazz musician made her name in angst-ridden movies of the '80s, like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. Now, Ringwald spends most of her time on stage, and her most recent touring Broadway production is Sweet Charity, a schmaltzy romantic musical about a woman who always seems to be involved with the wrong man. Sweet Charity is based on a Federico Fellini screenplay and was first adapted for Broadway in 1966 by director/ choreographer Bob Fosse, composer Cy Coleman, lyricist Dorothy Fields and writer Neil Simon. Ringwald sings and dances her way through the most recent revival — which includes such memorable numbers as "Hey, Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now" — at Ruth Eckerd Hall this weekend. Through Jan. 10, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, $39-$59, 727-791-7400, rutheckerdhall.com.

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